Dave Mc Loughlin Ceramics
Dave Mc Loughlin has been working with clay for over 20 years, studying ceramics in Dun Laoighre college of Art and Design, followed by several years working in potteries in Ireland, Canada and Scotland.
In 1996 Dave set up Benbulben Pottery in a 300 year old farm building at Rathcormac, County Sligo. The beauty of the county has always been an inspiration with Benbulben mountain as a backdrop and miles of beautiful coastline and beaches.
Dave has developed both as a functional potter and a sculptural ceramicist. He is attracted by the disipline of working within a functional framework, constantly working with shape, looking for balance between form and function, and developing his own palette of glazes. Firing both in gas and electric kilns has given the possibility of oxidation and reduction firings, so a wide spectrum of glazes has been achieved.
Raku has been his other passion and has lead to a body of work quite apart from the functional pieces. Much of the work is figurative and often with an irreverant theme, such as the 'Smoking Angels' figurines.
Dave's work is constantly changing as new work and challanges are what keep his work fresh and engaging. He has exhibited in many group shows and has sold his work in Ireland and abroad.