About Us

Our Story

Born from the search for a simple, hand-thrown pot in great colours, Arran Street East designs and produces homewares for people who enjoy simple, functional, and beautiful objects.

We take time to design things that work, merging an architecturally influenced aesthetic and traditional processes to produce useful objects for everyday life, with pattern and symmetry as our watchwords.

Rigorously designed and tested to enhance the experience of eating and drinking, our simple forms and complementary shapes allow our pieces to withstand everyday use, or just to act as an adornment for your home.

From our headquarters, tucked away amidst Dublin’s Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market, our colours are blended to our own secret recipes, suffused with the delicate hues of fruit and vegetables: pink grapefruit, lemon, pomegranate, cabbage, potato, and parsnip.

Sustainability is at the heart of what we strive for. Where possible, our packaging and materials are sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly.

Visit our studio and shop on Little Green Street, to see our story come to life in the heart of Dublin.

The Arran Street East studio shop is open every day, Monday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. 

 

 

 

The Pots

Glazed in colours inspired by our vibrant home, the Dublin Fruit and Vegetable Market, our signature range, The Pots, is made up of hand-thrown stoneware mugs, cups and jugs in clean lines and simple shapes, built and tested to enhance the experiences of eating and drinking.

Designed in two complementary shapes, inward and outward sloping, The Pots are made to keep your tea warm, and let your coffee cool. With strong lines and crisp handles, we aim to bring clean, architectural lines to a traditional craft to produce functional objects that can be used every day in the home.

Choose from cabbage, potato, parsnip, lemon, pomegranate and pink grapefruit, to bring a splash of Dublin’s colourful heart to your home.

 

How We Make

As architects in clay, we’re intent on pursuing specific forms. Each of our Pots is hand thrown on a wheel, and each takes a week to make from beginning to end.

The Clay is pugged to perfection, then cut to size for each individual pot, jug or bowl. Throwing on a wheel is a skill learned over time. We throw every piece by hand to pre-determined geometric shapes.

Left overnight, the clay becomes leatherhard. After measuring and applying each handle, this is when we stamp each pot with our signature A, inspired by the old-Irish A on the Arran Street East street sign. At this point, our Pots go through their first firing: the Biscuit firing, where the kiln gradually rises to 1200 degrees Celsius, and back down again, to take any moisture out of the clay.

The next day, when they’ve cooled, the Pots are set into molten wax to get the perfect straight line around the base. Once the base is waxed, we glaze inside and out, to give the pot its colour. We spend time developing and mixing our own glazes, in subtle shades drawn from our Markets Area home. The glaze and wax won’t mix, so we keep that nice smidgen of unglazed pot visible.

The Pots then return to the kiln for the second time, and are fired for a day and a half at a temperature that gradually goes above 1200 degrees, to achieve a matte and semi-sheen finish and to seal the material, making it safe to eat and drink from.

Once they cool, and have been thoroughly checked for imperfections, they’re packed and ready to make their way to their new homes.