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Arran St East is a homeware brand for people who love simple, hand-made, functional and beautiful objects. Based in the Markets Area of Dublin, their products are influenced by the architecture and heritage of their surroundings such as the Smithfield Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market.
They have created a stunning range of hand-thrown and glazed vessels including water jugs, pots, bowls and mugs in colours inspired by the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Market – cabbage, potato, parsnip, lemon, pomegranate and pink grapefruit.
In early 2016 creative director Laura Magahy and studio manager Sheenagh Green opened their gorgeous new studio on the corner of Marys Lane and Little Green Street, directly opposite the main entrance of the Smithfield Market. “We combine traditional craft techniques with a clean, contemporary aesthetic to create objects that are utilitarian yet elegant and add pleasure to the everyday rituals of cooking, eating and drinking”.
Their Instagram account is amazingly inspiring. They post photos of the process of their work from the very beginning with the clay on the wheel to shots of lines of kiln ready pottery to the finished packaged product giving us an insight into studio life at Arran St. East.
Excitingly they have just announced that their shop in the Markets Area will be opening every Friday between 11am – 6pm from 13/05/16 – a great excuse to kick off your weekend with some culture in Smithfield.
The ceramics are stocked in just a few select shops around town including Industry & Co. on Drury St., Scout on Essex St. and Makers & Brothers in Blackrock. They make ideal gifts and are a fine example of expert Irish design. The range starts from just €15