Irish Carrig Ware GALWAY Pottery Jug c1950 Carrigaline Pottery 1928-1979
From the mid 19th century the Roberts family of Carrigaline Co. Cork ran corn and flax mills. The mills closed in 1922. Hodder Roberts felt that as bricks were made locally at nearby Ballinphellic - pottery vessels could also be made. He took a sample of clay to the famous potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to establish if it were suitable. He failed to get any of the local potteries interested. He was about to return home when his landlady introduced him to Louis T. Keeling, a local pottery school graduate. Keeling carried out tests on the clay and produced a teapot. This was a turning point in the establishment of Carrigaline Potteries. The old flax mill was converted and under the supervision of Keeling and six employees --Carrigaline Potteries was opened in the Spring of 1928. Initially production concentrated on teapots and flower pots using local clay. The first couple of years were a struggle. With the aid of a government grant in 1930 the production facilities were expanded. The government imposed a levy on imported pottery, this helped Carrigaline establish itself in the Irish market. Thousands of items were produced for the Eucharistic
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A delightful wee pottery cream jug/pitcher festooned with shamrocks - a souvenir from Galway.