We are delighted to have Damian O Brien back with us this year – you will have the opportunity to explore the basics of this traditional craft. The workshop will cover basic techniques of pottery and the participants will be encouraged to work on a small piece of work.

Duration – 2 hour workshop

  • Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017
  • Adults & Children over 8
  • Times:  12.30 – 2.30 & 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue:  Banagher, Co Offaly
  • Fee: €10.00 (to be paid on the day)


  • Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017
  • Ages: Children over 5
  • Times:  12.30 – 2.30 & 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue: Banagher, Co Offaly
  • Fee: €10.00 (to be paid on the day)

(includes materials) No previous pottery skills required.


Damian has been involved with the making of functional ware for the last twenty years. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe and experienced many different cultures. He is now based near the historic site of Clonmacnoise. His deep connection with the history and landscape of Westmeath influences the earthy, organic, physical shapes, of the mainly salt glazed, woodfired wares. Damian’s main interest lies in the physical process of the woodfire kiln. This, combined with the unpredictability of the finish lends his pots a highly individual and distinctive look.

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