9 Yard Ceramics
Posted by Clare Grennan in: 9yard ceramics, Irish Ceramics, Irish Craft
We introduced our friend Luke's ceramics to our physical shop back in January. Our customers immediately fell in love with this edited collection of bowls, mugs and plates, hand made in tactile stoneware. It's taken us a few months and a global pandemic to get it online, but we got there eventually. The collection is finally available here.
So where does the name 9 yard ceramics come from? Luke lives in Dublin 8. His house is number 9 and his studio is in the yard so the name 9yardceramics was a bit of a no brainier. Luke uses a clay body called KGM Fireball. It’s a versatile clay that he fires to 1260 Celsius which means the work is stoneware rather than earthenware. Stoneware is vitrified and non-porous. The only decorative detail in this range is the coloured rims. Luke uses a stained slip of the same clay body to achieve these colours. He then finishes the inside with a transparent glaze.
The outside of each pot is smoothed as much as possible by hand before they dry completely. It takes a little bit longer but once fired this leaves a really tactile finish that feels comfortable in your hand. "Most pots are glazed outside and in but for these pieces I think it’s nice to leave the outer surface raw and appreciate the feel of the clay itself."-Luke
An NCAD graduate, Luke is drawn to simple and practical design."I really appreciate pieces that showcase the chosen material as much as the hand of the maker. I like to think that what I make is functional and will be used by the owner in their daily lives."