When you hold a pottery cup you can feel the solidity and sense of nature’s elements that have gone into it’s making.
All four elements are involved in the pottery making process –
Earth being the clay used to transform into a vessel
Water is essential for the construction of the clay
Air helps to dry the clay to bone dry before
Fire where the clay is heated to over 1000`c to vitrify
The hardened clay undergoes a chemical change during firing that is permanent. It can no longer go back to being clay, but it is not just dried clay, it is much more like stone. As such, it will weather and decompose like stone. Although this means that pottery is not biodegradable, it does not leak any toxins into the soil if buried in a landfill. So it is certainly more eco friendly than plastics or other alternatives after their lifespan, that can affect the soil and water.
We believe that if all Irish businesses could incorporate more sustainable, natural materials into their day to day running, whether selling Irish made products or using less impactful packaging it would lead to a more viable economy and Ireland can lead the way on change, like we did before with the plastic bag levy and smoking ban!
Our cups are produced from the earth and for the earth! Clay is a renewable natural resource which means a ceramic cup is a more sustainable choice of material than plastic, stainless steel or bamboo - which are all imported into Ireland.
‘Growing up watching my mother make pottery, I was always eager to be involved! So, in recent years I wanted to see the traditional pottery revived and create everyday sustainable items that people would value and love.’ Emma
Mother and Daughter
We are Marjorie and Emma, a mother and daughter team, handmaking Pottery Travel Cups in Co. Kerry, to help to move society towards a more sustainable culture, and away from single use cups. We are part of a movement to revive traditional handmade ceramics by producing premium reusable cups that can last a lifetime if cared for.