About Stories by Ola

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As a ceramicist with over seven years of experience, my passion for the craft stems from the rugged beauty of the Irish coastline. My studio, nestled within the historic Ardgillan Castle, is filled with the earthy aroma of clay and the constant whisper of the sea breeze – a powerful muse for my work.

I translate the textures, colors, and shapes of the seaside into ceramic pieces that are both functional and captivating. Each creation is meticulously crafted using a combination of slab-building and slipcasting techniques. From mugs designed for a tranquil morning coffee to tableware perfect for a vibrant dinner party, my ceramics aim to evoke a sense of joy and harmony.

 

Beyond the technical expertise, Stories by Ola is a brand built on the belief that everyday moments can be imbued with a touch of magic. Whether it’s a handcrafted mug cradling a warm beverage or a table setting adorned with my pieces, I strive to add a layer of appreciation for the beauty that surrounds us.

My ceramics invite you to experience not just artistry, but the story behind each piece. It’s a story woven from the Irish coast, the serenity of nature, and the dedication to my craft. Let these creations become an extension of your own narrative, a reminder to embrace the simple pleasures in life.

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Bríd óg Norrby Art
Bríd óg Norrby Art
14/04/2024
Ola’s ceramics brighten up my day and brings a bit of the sea into our midland home. I just love them and would love a whole collection!
Madeleine Grant
Madeleine Grant
19/02/2024
My son gave me some beautiful creations from stories by Ola for Christmas. I absolutely love them and I have since bought some of her plates. For me being by, or in, the sea has a spiritual quality and using this beautiful pottery while I eat or drink is both a visual and sensory delight. I look forward to adding to my collection over time.
Sharon Forde
Sharon Forde
04/01/2024
Beautiful pieces. Fantastic and speedy processing of my orders.
Sinead Fahey
Sinead Fahey
13/11/2023
Lovely pieces, presented in lovely packaging. Delighted with Ola’s work and will make a great gift
kieran molloy
kieran molloy
16/09/2023
Fantastic beginner workshops with Ola. All hands on with 3verything 3xplaoned in a lovely friendly atmosphere. Learned loads and whetted our appetite for more. Our creations are not masterpieces but delighted to be pushed to try things out. Looking forward to seeing them finished. Highly recommend. Kieran & Skye
Julie Farrell
Julie Farrell
24/08/2023
On top of being an amazing artist, Ola is a wonderful ceramics teacher. Workshops with her are a mindful break from the world to be creative – thanks again Ola!
Sharon
Sharon
24/06/2023
We recently did a one day glazing workshop with Ola. We would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who has an interest in learning more about the art of glazing. Ola has a great way of sharing her expertise in a very informative and hands on way. We learned so much in this workshop and had the opportunity to put what we learned into practice by glazing some bisque pottery. Thank you very much Ola. Sharon & Allison
Piers Scott
Piers Scott
19/05/2023
My partner organised a pottery workshop with Ola for my birthday. We had such an amazing time, and Ola was so welcoming, engaging and patient with us for both the pottery workshop and glazing workshop. I’d highly recommend this couples and groups who want to do something creative that they’ll remember
Ciara Teeling
Ciara Teeling
26/04/2023
Beautiful ceramics, perfect wedding presents for friends. I loved that Ola personalised the gorgeous bowl with the bride and grooms names, for a truly unique gift.
niamh murray
niamh murray
01/12/2022
I did 2 hand building clay sessions with Ola and they were fantastic. She really knows her stuff but let’s you get creative and come up with your own ideas. She then guides you through with what you need to know & do. I hadn’t done pottery before & with Olas help I am now bitten by the pottery bug. I totally recommend her classes & Olas own creations are beautiful & inspiring.

  • positive review  fantastic work😍 I’m soo delighted with my live! highly recommended.

    Monika Cichoblazinska Avatar Monika Cichoblazinska
    22 July 2020

    positive review  Ola draws an inspiration from a landscape and nature around her and very skillfully translates it into her “stories”. I particularly love the ones with floral impressions. And I’m chuffed with my first one from Ola 😊 it’s a meadow’s touch. A glazed beauty.

    Monika Fehlauer Avatar Monika Fehlauer
    6 December 2020
  • positive review  I am so pleased with my framed yellow ‘underwater bubbles’ from Ola! They brighten up the room, make me smile, and even came wrapped beautifully – hand-delivered to my door ❤️ #supportlocal

    Aideen Glass Avatar Aideen Glass
    22 October 2020

    positive review  I recived my beautfull hand crafted ceramics just in time for a sunny skerries christmas ,,,,

    Joseph O'Neill Avatar Joseph O’Neill
    8 December 2020
  • positive review  cudeńka jakie robi są piękności wielkiej 🤗🤩💝

    Bożena Trawczyńska Avatar Bożena Trawczyńska
    20 December 2020

    positive review  Wow! Lovely and so unusual. Your ceramic animals are magical. Fantastic addition to kids room decor!

    Marika Thomson Avatar Marika Thomson
    24 June 2020
  • positive review  Myself and my mother recently did a pottery workshop with Ola. Absolutely loved every minute of it, Olas really helpful and we learnt so much. She really let us take our time, do our own thing and get creative. Can’t wait to return in a couple of weeks to glaze out pieces!

    Sarah NicUilliam Avatar Sarah NicUilliam
    6 April 2022

    positive review  I did 2 pottery sessions with Ola & was totally bitten by the pottery bug. Ola is really knowledgeable, let’s you get creative and then she guides you through and her pottery is beautiful. Ola is relaxed and easy going but really knows her stuff. she makes pottery feel accessible and un-intimidating, for a complete novice I loved what I made, plates & dishes that I actually use! I 100% recommend the handbuilding sessions and her own creations are gorgeous.

    Niamh Dalziel Avatar Niamh Dalziel
    1 December 2022

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