Horsehair Vessel and Globe Form

ceramic and horsehair
Vessel 29cm, Globe 12x15cm, 2014
Photographer, Brian Culligan


Three Horsehair Globes

ceramic and horsehair
12 x 15cm, 2014

Photographer, Brian Culligan

Two Horsehair Vessels

ceramic and horsehair
20cm, 2014
Photographer, Brian Culligan


Claire Molloy

Claire Molloy specialises in horsehair and smoke fired ceramics. She set up her studio in the beautiful surroundings of Rossenarra, Kilmoganny Co. Kilkenny, where she is greatly influenced by the Irish rural environment. Claire’s signature pieces are simple natural looking forms with subtle colour and textures.  Her love of horses directly influences her horsehair pottery.  She uses hair from her own horse’s manes and tails which she then places on the hot ceramic surface. The hair twists and turns as it burns in leaving behind a unique pattern of beautiful black lines. She also uses wood shavings, straw and hay to create her smoke fired pots, all materials which are used to care for her horses.

Claire also creates individual pots for horse owners, where each pot is decorated with hair from a particular horse to create a unique memento.

She has an honours degree in Sculptural ceramics from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and has attended the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design Course. She is a member of the prestigious MADE in Kilkenny Craft Group, and was the winner of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Craft Business of the Year 2013.


Presentation piece for Paralympic Dressage medallist Helen Kearney
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Winner of Kilkenny Chamber Craft business of the year
Chosen for Selected at Showcase


Selected Exhibitions

Irish Ceramics Exhibition, Mill Cove Gallery, Co. Cork
Ceramics Ireland Selected Exhibition, Pearse Museum, Dublin
Words in the Making, Butler house, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny
South East Craft Gathering, Craft Granary, Cahir, Tipperary
Paint Pots and Prints, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Tipperary
Ceramics Ireland Selected Exhibition, Pearse Museum, Dublin
Irish Ceramics Awards, Mill Cove Gallery, Cork
Connections MADE, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Butler House, Kilkenny
Ceramics Ireland Members Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
Showcase, RDS, Dublin
Craft Group Exhibition, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Tipperary
Ceramics Ireland Selected Exhibition, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin; The Cowshed Gallery, Farmleigh, Dublin
Inspire, Frame Well Gallery, Thomastown, Kilkenny
2010 + 2009
Christmas Selected Exhibition, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Tipperary
Winter Selected Exhibition, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Tipperary
Selected Group Show, The Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel, Tipperary



Contact Details:

Claire Molloy

T. +353 (0)87 214 6328