Arklow Pottery - Mosiac Project & Digital Collection
Detail (in style of john Ffrench) from Arklow Mosiac cup
Deirdre Burns
Launch night of Arklow Mosiac Cup on 1st Dec 2022
Deirdre Burns

Arklow Pottery has been a hugely  important part of Arklow and Ireland’s social landscape since its establishment in 1934, until its eventual closure in 1998. While the manufacturing may be gone, the memories and passion remain among local people, as does a huge pottery archive including numerous, patterns, decoration and backstamps.

Arklow Pottery got a new lease of life in 2022 thanks to efforts of the local community and Arklow Town Team and the support of The Heritage Council (digital archive)  and Wicklow County Council through the Creative Ireland Fund (mosiac cup).

Arklow Pottery Website

A new website Arklow Pottery  provides a digital archive that aims to capture some of the heritage and history of Arklow Pottery through the years. This is a fascinating resource, take some time to explore, listen to the stories of those with deep roots in Arklow Pottery, view the historical photos and videos for insights into pottery life, and use the digital Backstamp and Patterns archives to find out more about the Arklow pottery pieces you have at home.

Old Tales Made New – Arklow Pottery Mosaic Project

The Arklow Town team worked with a group of local artists  in 2022 to create a giant mosiac cup to commemorate and celebrate the town’s pottery heritage. The local community were invited to donate fragments of Arklow pottery and tiles  which were then re-used to design the final cup.  This project gave new life to Arklow pottery that is chipped, broken or no longer part of a bigger set of pottery. As a salute to our heritage it is envisaged that the
large cup and saucer as a welcoming symbol to people entering Arklow who may not be aware of the towns iconic pottery heritage.

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