Alan Gaillard Stoneware Pottery located on the N59 main road to Westport in County Galway makes wheel thrown and hand built pottery in high fired stoneware cooking and domestic wares. Using all natural raw materials for his glazes, to his own and his (late) parents recipes, Alan Shattock potter and owner reproduces many of his original 1970’s and 80’s domestic tableware forms in immensely strong reduction fired stoneware, in addition to his unique hand built one off lamps.
All his tableware is oven, microwave and dishwasher proof. He uses dolomite and iron glazes, some of the latter in classic ‘Teadust’ Tenmoku. Alan also works with peat ash greens and cobalt blues. He also experiments with locally garnered yellow ochres and granite dust glazes to add to his finishes for one off pieces. Another addition to Alan’s work combines intricate beach combed driftwood, uncannily moulded by the sea into lifelike forms, with hand-built ceramic bases, which are totally unique.
Alan offers a personal, one to one, residential Pottery Course combined with holiday at his studio. It may be 2/3/5 day and include dinner on day of arrival, bed and breakfast and lunches (but excluding other evening meals). The course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience who wish to learn or brush up on the techniques of making high fired stoneware.
Gaillard Stoneware pottery was originally produced at his first studios in County Dublin and County Wicklow in the 1970’s and 80’s. Alan was trained by his potter parents in the 1960’s in Cornwall, U.K. and he came to Ireland in 1969. He founded and was first Chairman of the Craft Potters Society of Ireland (now Ceramics Ireland) and has exhibited in many of their exhibitions and also exhibits annually at the Clifden Arts Festival.
Alan has a purpose built studio workshops and showroom overlooking Streamstown Bay on the Westport Road, only 2 kilometres from Clifden, where he lives with his wife, Sandra who specialises in felt work. Sandra makes wet and needle felted pictures inspired by the stunning colours of Connemara which are in collections all over the world and she is famous for her miniature felted sheep pictures, or ‘woollies’ and handmade cards.
There is ample parking and wheelchair access.