Dublin-born potter, Colm De Rís has been creating and selling beautiful stoneware pottery for almost 25 years.
His first exposure to the potter’s wheel was at Mrs. Carroll's Pine Forest Art Centre in the Dublin Mountains when he was only ten years old. Here he fell in love with creating objects from clay.
School, college, and career in catering – including two-year stint as a catering manager on the QE2 ocean liner – intervened before he was drawn back in 1993 to his creative calling, his destiny with clay.
With encouragement from Henry Pim, instruction with Gus Mabelson and valuable experience with Bob Hollis, Emma Almeria and Geoffrey Healy, Colm learned his craft, served his time and developed a deep passion for an old flame.
Having trained and worked with some of the country’s best potters, Colm set up his own business in 1996. Since then he has developed his glazes, techniques and styles culminating in his signature pottery that features high lustre glazes of blues and greens shot with splashes of copper and rust.
The sweeping shapes and cold colours of Colm’s designs are born out of the wild coastal landscape of the south and west of Ireland. Colm’s work is also influenced by the legends and symbols of Celtic and old Irish mythology and by the history of the practical needs of people for functional and beautiful objects.