Brookwood Pottery was set up in 2012 by Elaine Fallon, a ceramicist who trained with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Elaine produces small batches of handthrown work including large bowls, mugs and other tableware in her Dublin studio onto which she paints and draws her original designs.
At Brookwood Pottery Elaine works in an intuitive way with the clay, allowing each pot to take shape in a fluid making style. She combines traditional making skills with contemporary design to create playful Irish pottery with a fresh edge.
In 2014 artist Marz Lawler joined the pottery as an apprentice. Marz trained as a special effects make up artist and now decorates, designs and handbuilds at the pottery.
Elaine's design influences include children's animation and drawing especially the work of Oliver Jeffers, prints and patterns from the 1950 's and 60's and her interest in contemporary textile and print design.
Elaine studied Marketing and Languages at DCU before training at Thomastown Pottery skills course with Gus Mabelson. She has studied at the National College of Art and Design and worked as an arts administrator and ceramics teacher before setting up her own business in 2012*.
*Setting up your own business can be intimidating (Her husband calls her the Reluctant Entrepreneur) but she is happy to say it is the best thing she has ever done!
Photography : Christine Burns Photography
Video: Donal Murphy Photography