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Benbulben Pottery
Rathcormack, Co. Sligo
Family friendly
Free car parking
Hidden gem
Rainy days
Dave McLoughlin set up Benbulben Pottery in a 300 year old farm building at Rathcormac, County Sligo. The beauty of the county has always been an inspiration, with Benbulben Mountain as a backdrop, and miles of beautiful coastline and beaches.

Benbulben Pottery was started in County Sligo in 1996. Since then many other units have been added to form Rathcormac Craft Village. The pottery produces a wide range of high fired functional stoneware and one off ceramic pieces with a variety of finishes. Visitors are welcome to see the pottery being made on the potters wheel.

Dave has developed both as a functional potter and a sculptural ceramicist. He is attracted by the discipline of working within a functional framework, constantly working with shape, looking for balance between form and function, and developing his own palette of glazes. Firing both in gas and electric kilns has given the possibility of oxidation and reduction firings, so a wide spectrum of glazes has been achieved.

Raku, a technique that produces intriguing colours and small crazing effects, has been his other passion. This has lead to a body of work quite apart from the functional pieces. Much of the work is figurative and often with an irreverent theme, such as the Smoking Angels figurines.

The pit-fired pots are fired in the garden with seaweed from local beaches, banana, orange and avocado skins and oxides, to give an organic range of effects and colours.

Dave's work is constantly changing as new techniques and challenges are what keep his work fresh and engaging. He has exhibited in many group shows and has sold his work in Ireland and abroad.

Check online for dates of upcoming pottery workshops that are suitable for people of all skill levels.

Why we like it
  • Watch the artist at work in his 300 year old farmhouse near the impressive Benbulben Mountain.
  • Shop for functional high fired stoneware pottery that is distinctive as well as safe for home use.
  • Find unique ceramic pieces made with raku and pit firing techniques exclusive to Benbulben Pottery.
  • Spend time in the area with its famous scenery, beaches, and historic sights, including the grave of W.B. Yeats.
Contact details
Rathcormack, Clooneen, Rathcormac, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend up to 1 hour here.

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