Jim Kelleher

Helen Ennis

Dunbeacon Pottery,
Durrus, Co. 


After working and apprenticing in potteries around Ireland, Helen Ennis took over the running of Dunbeacon Pottery in the year 2000. Helen’s vision is to bring well designed, affordable, functional ceramic tableware to a wider audience. Every single piece of Dunbeacon Pottery is handmade and finished to the highest standard.

Visitors are welcome to the studio in the stunning setting of Dunmanus Bay where they can see pots being thrown and also browse the showroom. The studio is open most days but please call ahead if planning a special trip.

Drawing on inspiration from the surrounding landscape Helen creates pieces that perfectly capture the essence of Ireland’s southwest coastal region. The Ocean Collection evolved from her connection with the ever-changing energy of the Atlantic Ocean. Discovering traces of ancient Irish woodlands in the immediate area inspired the Woodland Collection. The recent addition of the white glazed Coral Collection adds to a range which combines quality craftsmanship with contemporary design. Helen’s pottery is styled and decorated by hand with a range of natural forms and glazes.

“In my work I strive to make pieces that will be reached for and enjoyed every day for many years”