Established in 1948, Terrybaun Pottery is Ireland’s oldest pottery, firing its first kiln in August 1950 in the beautiful Pontoon. The first owners Grattan Freyer and his French-born wife, Madeline Giraudeau chose the subsequent firings. Under their stewardship, the pottery ran for thirty-three years. Madeleine’s nephew Henri Hedou and his wife, Fiona now own the pottery. Henri has carried on the pottery’s proud tradition of producing beautiful slipware using the same techniques, designs and unique glazes that have made Terrybaun highly distinctive and unique.
Commissions are always welcome and demonstrations can also be arranged after prior arrangements. In particular, Terrybaun Pottery welcomes visitors all year round. As well as this, workshops are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays by prior arrangement.
Despite being highly modernised, the traditional methods used by Terrybaun Pottery are still very much alive, combining a successful mixture of the old and new methods. This can be seen in production over the last twenty years, where Terrybaun Pottery have started to specialise in high quality handmade tableware. One-off pieces, lamps, and commemorative plates can also be created. This includes three peace prizes, commission works for various Governments, EU Commissions, well known political figures here and abroad, County Councils, Sports Clubs and many others. Never short for inspiration, Henri looks to the natural landscape and wildlife found in the beautiful vicinity of Terrybaun Pottery, in the heart of Mayo’s lake district, surrounded by spectacular mountains and lakes.
Follow the road signs situated at Foxford, Knockmore or Ballina Roads and Pontoon. Coming from Crossmolina, clear signage can be found at Massbrook. Look for the charming Healy’s Hotel and take a right turn after it. After 2 miles, one comes to the signs for the pottery, situated on the right up a gentle hill.