My South African heritage, blended with traditional Celtic and Italian design are brought together using colours and elements from the natural world. My aim is to present pieces which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
My name is Vale and I'm a second generation, South African potter based in a small village in county Laois.
Vale Ceramics is a range I developed of simple, durable, stoneware pottery that brings peace and serenity to your home. These ceramics are entirely hand crafted and feature carved surfaces and patterns. Their soft and glossy glazes are specifically formulated to be food and beverage safe, as well as dishwasher friendly. Made with high quality white stoneware I shape my pots using techniques which include the potter's wheel, hand building, slab rolling, carving and faceting.
Working with clay is a way to learn about mother earth, the peculiarities of this natural medium and requires much patience and respect for the rhythm of natural cycles.
Vale van der Merwe