People, Places and Things
…with Orla Culligan
Orla Culligan makes unique slipcast ceramics which are inspired by the beaches she grew up on in East Cork. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design at Limerick School of Art and Design and received The Blue Egg Gallery Award for her graduate collection. After finishing in Limerick, Orla went on a residency to Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark where she worked as a studio assistant. Danish design is a love of hers and another big influence in the aesthetic of her work. Orla strives to provide high quality sustainable products with low environmental impact that bring joy to the owner’s home. We chatted to Orla about her inspirations and what she loves about living and creating in Galway.
Describe yourself in three words
Creative, Kind, Hard-working
What is something our readers might not know about you?
I had my first pottery lesson when I was only 6 years old!
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment so far probably would be getting my work into shops like Irish Design Shop in Dublin and Ardmore Pottery in Waterford. They are shops I’ve aspired to have my work in since college and I didn’t expect to get there so soon after graduating.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I think I’d say my mom and my sisters for this one. They are three strong and inspiring women who always support me and push me to be the best version of myself.
Tell us something you love about Galway
Where do I start?! Galway has an amazing and welcoming atmosphere. One of my favourite things about Galway is having the beach and the city so close to each other, it’s the best of both worlds.
You can see Orla’s work for yourself on the 1st & 2nd of May (bank holiday weekend) at Galway Potters Market at the Spanish arch.