Buying Irish C raft
We have a bit of a thing for Irish craft here at Ariel House – not only do we use the Nicholas Mosse Pottery in our breakfast room but we also have lots of crafts people stay with us. Many of them are here for the RDS this week for the National Craft Fair which opens on this Wednesday but they also come for Showcase Ireland in January. This Christmas we’ll be buying Irish craft products– the selection out there is quite amazing and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to highlight for you.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Nicholas Mosse Pottery is based in Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The shop and factory are located in a renovated mill on the banks of the River Nore in an idyllic setting. We use many of their bowls here at Ariel House to serve up granola and yoghurt on our breakfast buffet. Over the years we’ve mostly used their Old Rose pattern which has been in the range for over 25 years; however, we recently added some pieces from their new Clover pattern that was introduced earlier this year. You can watch their pieces being throw and decorated in viewing rooms, shop from the entire range plus their “seconds” area or even have lunch in their café where you can watch the swans and maybe even an otter swimming by. See more on their website – www.nicholasmosse.com
Based outside of Belfast, Bog Standard was started in 2001 and had a range of scented products that include candles, soaps, sachets, fresheners, hand cream and hand wash. We love their fresh contemporary packaging and scents such as Irish Field, Irish Linen and perfect for the holiday season -Irish Winter. Their latest range called Forget-Me-Not is tinned candles with a wonderful vintage appeal. See the range on their website – http://www.bogstandard.ie/
Hilary Hale is a woodturner who lives in Kinsale, County Cork. Little did she know, over twenty years ago, when she turned a lamp to put on a piano that her life would be transformed. Woodturning now dominates her life. She uses storm felled local timber such as ash, oak, robinia, beech and yew which over a period of two years she transforms into beautiful functional bowls. You can see her working in her own gallery or find her work for sale at other galleries in the area. For gallery hours and more on her work visit – http://www.hilaryhale.com/
Mairi Stone Ceramics
Mairi Stone makes porcelain pieces with glass inlays that are inspired by nature’s organic forms and structures. Based in Schull, West Cork, Mairi uses bright vibrant colours to contrast with the white porcelain and a variety of textures. We are pretty sure you’ll have a hard time just settling on one of these unique pieces.