Vessel by Marcus O'Mahony
Marcus O'Mahony was born in London in 1952. I first started making ceramics at Limerick School of Art (LSAD) in 1972. His interest and commitment has lasted until this day. On graduating from LSAD he spent the next 12 years in Dublin teaching art and pottery in prison education.
The big move to becoming a professional ceramicist came when his wife Joan, two young sons and I left Dublin in 1993 to set up a pottery in Co. Waterford. He was inspired by his visits to Phil Rogers Pottery and student workshops in Rhayader, Wales.
Marcus launched his salt-glaze work in 1996 and periods of work as visiting tutor at LSAD and NCAD (National College of Art and Design) followed. He became a selected member of CPA (Craft Potters Association, UK) in 2006 and was elected as a fellow of CPA in 2012.
Since 2006 Marcus has been creatively engaged with wood-firing work. He moved house to an adjacent site and in 2012 we built a new studio and kiln here. His latest kiln is an Anagama single chamber kiln connected to a sprung arch kiln. In effect two kilns that can be fired in unison or separately. This is also known as a Naborigama.