Located in the center of Kilkenny City across from Kilkenny Castle. Owned and operated by master potter Ray Power, a native of Cork.
A native of Cork, Ray Power set up Castle Arch Pottery in the Autumn of 1993 in Kilkenny's famous Castle Yard, which sits under the gaze of Kilkenny Castle. Ray studied ceramic design at Crawford College in his native county of Cork before relocating to Kilkenny in 1993 to set up Castle Arch Pottery. His studio and shop is located in Castle Yard, a must see tourist destination in the area which is a center of excellence for Irish craft producers.
Ray with some of his products
Ray is board member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, the governing body which fosters the growth and commercial strength of the design and craft industry in Ireland, stimulating innovation and competitiveness. Ray is also the chairman of MADE IN KILKENNY an initiative set up to develop and promote craft companies that are located in the Kilkenny area.
Castle Yard, home of Castle Arch Pottery
Ray’s products show his artistic and ceramic talents and offer a real taste of Ireland both past and present. Each piece of Castle Arch Pottery is made in small production batches on the potter's wheel, allowing great attention to be paid to decorative details such as handles, sprigs and to the fluent slip-trailed decoration with embossed surfaces. The penultimate stage sees each piece bisque fired to 1000cc before the final glazing and firing again to 1200cc. This traditional approach, typical of Irish country potteries, ensures that Castle Arch Pottery maintains its unique character. The glazes used are both luscious and eye catching which have been developed over the past 15 years.
Two of Ray’s most popular ranges are available on The Irish Gift Market, Hampton Blue and Glas.
Clair working on the potters wheel
A delicate touch is needed to get the correct dimensions
Ray trimming the excess clay off a plate
Out of the oven and ready for glazing