This is the first in a series of posts showcasing items that I think would make very acceptable Christmas gifts. The emphasis in the series is on: craft, homemade/handmade items, and independent shops. My hope is that wherever you live in the world that the images might inspire you (if you don’t do so already) to check out locally made beautiful items that are far removed from the madding mass-produced crowd.
The craft in question in this post is pottery made by Geoffrey Healy. Geoffrey Healy has been making hand thrown ceramics for over forty years and has had his peaceful studio/gallery/shop on the aptly named Rocky Valley Drive Road in Ireland’s county Wicklow these past twenty years.
He is passionate about what he does saying it’s a lifestyle choice and he loves that he is able to live his life around clay and that for him pottery has become part of a spiritual journey. I found the following quote, which explains his philosophy, on his website ‘My intention is to make works that nourish at a deep level while pursuing an energetic beauty’.
Some of you reading this who live in Ireland may be familiar with Geoffrey Healy’s work. You may have visited his studio but even if you haven’t heard his name if you have eaten in an Avoca café you will almost certainly have noticed the deep salad bowls and the oversized cake plates in that unforgettable shade of Avoca blue; they are all from Geoffrey Healy Pottery.
Have a great weekend.
Note: the web address for Healy pottery is http://www.healy-pottery.com