Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge.
The decoration was rurally inspired often using images of animals and plants popular in the region. Nick set up the pottery in an old flour mill producing his pottery in the traditional way, by hand. The clay was mixed locally and the kilns were fired by hydropower from the nearby river Nore. Using the inspiration of the quiet rural surroundings, the pottery was decorated by hand with a wide range of natural forms and patterns. From these small beginnings the business has evolved into being one of Ireland's best known and most popular potteries. We now produce an extensive range of patterns and shapes all still made and decorated by hand.Our pottery has evolved from the simple natural shapes of Irish countryware that first inspired Nick to a comprehensive array of shapes and patterns that fit into nearly every home. Our pottery is both practical and beautiful, utilising clean, simple shapes and intricate hand sponged patterns to lend an air of simple beauty to our product. Each piece of our pottery is lavished with care by our team of craftspeople who do everything from mixing our own special clay, throwing it and firing it, by hand. The final stage of decoration is also done by hand in the traditional manner by using handcut sponges dipped in pigment to create our beautiful pattern details.