Award-winning potter Geoffrey Healy makes hand-thrown ceramic pieces in his workshop and studio in the Rocky Valley. He makes an oven-to-tableware range, gift items and lamp bases, and also creates unique collector’s pieces. Geoffrey studied his craft in the UK and Japan, before setting up his studio in his home county of Wicklow in 1992. He has exhibited at the Common Earth Ceramics Exhibition, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and is a regular exhibitor at Showcase, Ireland’s premier craft industry exhibition. He also does some work for the Crafts Council of Ireland. Each collection of pottery reflects a deep felt pool of inspiration from which Geoffrey draws his designs, shapes and creativity.
If it’s a wood firing day, then he is up at 6am, full of suppressed excitement firing up the kiln, because this is such an exciting process for him. To Geoffrey there is no sound like the crackling of wood burning, and then the smell of smoke. All timbers have different smells. He feels also there is a great link between spirituality and creativity, which is something of huge interest to him. At the end of a day of wood-firing, he finds that he is physically very tired, but full of energy. Business for Geoffrey is about a lifestyle and a way of living. Working with clay and having a great adventure is what he really enjoys. The ongoing pursuit of collecting knowledge about craft, new glazes, colours and designs is what drives him to make objects, push boundaries and challenge himself as a maker. He likes to feel that he makes products for people and about people.
Geoffrey’s making begins with a love of materials and the making process. He tries to make things that are going to nourish and satisfy aesthetic and functional requirements. His main aim is to supply products which are cherished and nourish the soul. Experimenting with glazes, colour his vision leads him to produce objects which are hugely contrasting in scale and form.