Posted by: marthabernie | August 14, 2014


This is the River Nore and bridge at Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny, Ireland.  I almost always stop here when I am in Ireland because this is where the Nichoals Mosse pottery factory is located.  I love the pottery that is made in the old flour mill located right next to the river.  This year I stopped in to meet a couple of the staff ladies I had been corresponding with by email, and of course, I had to have a few pieces of the new ovenware shipped home.  There are only two geese in the photo above, but sometimes I have been there when the geese have had a whole flock of goslings.  It’s one of those things that never changes, year after year.  And plenty of things do change in Ireland, for the good and for worse.

If you like pottery, go to or take a look at his facebook page.  My friends in Carlow have a huge set of his early blue on gray pottery; they traded geese for some of it before Nicholas Mosse became famous, bought other pieces.  “Nicky” Mosse now makes pottery with a beige clay and all the designs are done by hand with tiny sponges (spongeware is a very old craft).  You can watch the process at the factory in Bennettsbridge.  There is a nice little restaurant on the top floor, too.


  1. They have beautiful handmade pottery on their website. I would love one of their covered butter dishes (among other things)! 🙂


    • Glad you took a look at their website. Each piece is made and decorated by hand.


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