My pottery & homewares have layers of messages created using patterns and text that subtly say little things people want to tell each other without saying it out loud!

Everyone wants to give a gift which makes people happy, little reminders of joy once known. So I impress text into the clay pieces – inspiring quotes, poetry and sentimental lyrics to tug at the heartstrings and make people smile.

The patterns and colours knead memories and emotions into contemporary functional forms. This nostalgia transforms an everyday object – to a special gift, cherished today and lovingly preserved as an heirloom.

My pieces last the test of time, and as we are becoming more conscious of the provenance of the objects in our homes actively aim to combat wastefulness.

Handmade with consideration for materials and the environment around us in my 250-year-old studio space in Dundalk, Ireland

A message made from earth and designed to last.

Sarah’s Story

Sarah McKenna has been developing her unique handmade Irish pottery at Bridge Street Studios since 1999. Before returning to Dundalk she studied Ceramics at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art & Design, the University of Dundee, Scotland where she gained a Bachelor of Ceramic Design.

Sarah’s work has always been engaged in the process and the early studio work was concerned with smoke firing and raku firing sculptural vessel forms.

In 2006 Sarah started producing a range of quirky customisable ceramics giftware which is the beginning of what you can purchase today.

She is a mother of two boys and wife to a hairy musician. In her “spare time” she is a Scout Leader.