Hello, We are the O'Connell Family.
Fermoyle Pottery is an Irish owned and Kerry based pottery studio founded by partners Stephen O’Connell & Alexis Bowman. Born in Kerry, Stephen O’Connell completed his apprenticeship with potters Bob Hollis & Emma Almira in 2009. Originating from Australia, Alexis holds a degree in Fine Art and Design from the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Australia.
Both interdisciplinary designers, they work at the intersection of art, design and craft.
The Pottery We Make
Stephen & Alexis produce a standard but evolving range of pottery. They mostly work in stoneware but sometimes in porcelain, producing hand thrown and hand built pots with glazes that are all self made and experimental.
The pots are fired in an electric kiln where the results are often very measured and reliable. In order to create some lively results they have researched and tested a wide range of glazes and clays as well as woodashes for use in the firing process.
They attempt to stay true to the qualities they most admire in traditional country pottery. Qualities such as unpretentiousness, balance of form and spontaneity.