Sara Roberts


 when the wind and the light are working off each other so that the ocean on one side is wild with foam and glitter . . . 'Postscript', Seamus Heaney

My inspiration lies in my immediate environment - a beautiful, quiet combination of woodlands and headlands . . .

About Me

I encourage visitors to view my actual gallery and ‘meet the maker'.

My Studio

My studio is open as long as I am here and I encourage visitors to view my actual gallery and ‘meet the maker’.


I will happily show you around, explain the process and you will see work in progress as well as a large selection of finished pieces.


My work space was apparently once a hen house and before conversion, the ruin was hidden under years of growth and accumulation of rubble.


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I have fond memories of your studio and your beautiful acreage along the coast.


Sara offers the opportunity to learn about working with clay in the relaxed environment of her studio, found tucked away at the end of a long treelined laneway, immediately generating that 'getting away from it all’ feeling.


Courses typically run over two days and are limited to 4 or 5 participants. We start at 10am and finish up about 4pm. As a beginner you will learn some techniques and design a number of your own pieces during the first session. If you are more experienced I will help you to work with your own ideas.


Your work will be dried and fired over the following week, ready to be glazed in the second one-day session, after which the glaze firing will take place and pieces will be ready for collection a few days later. I can arrange mounting/framing and delivery if required.


Price of €100 per day includes all materials,  morning coffee, delicious home-cooked lunch and afternoon tea. A stroll up the hill after lunch is recommended to help digest and take in the fresh air while being inspired by the spectacular coastal views from the surrounding cliffs.


If you choose not to partake in the glazing workshop I can glaze your work for you. Glazing, framing or delivery as required will incur an additional cost.


Small groups can also book special courses tailored and scheduled to suit their needs.

Relax in the comfort of a nearby home stay if you would like to overnight in the area before or after the workshop. Please ask me for recommendations.


Creative days for kids in July - please enquire or check my news page for updates.


I attended one of Sara's 3-day courses and it was a fantastic experience! The sessions were relaxed in such a pleasant atmosphere. Sara guided and advised us, encouraging full freedom of expression so that we could be truly proud of the accomplished work produced by our novice hands. And the home-cooked lunches were a sumptuous feast!


Patricia (course participant)


Sara’s ceramic workshops are a delightful way to spend a few days learning how to work with clay and the food she serves is the cherry on the cake!  Sara is very laid back, giving advice when needed and stepping back when you find your creative plan.  She starts the work shop with coffee and delicious cake, a little talk on how to work with clay, explaining about textures and colours and then helps with any ideas you have in mind to get you started.  There are pottery samples, books and lots of tools to help you create your own piece.


Lunch is a delicious three courses in her warm, homely kitchen and then perhaps a walk up the fields to see spectacular views of the coastline. Then the afternoon flies by in a hushed silence of creativity. I have enjoyed a number of workshops with Sara and always look forward to them.


Mary, chef from Cork


I was on the Potters Council tour last June. I have fond memories of your studio and your beautiful acreage along the coast. I wanted you to know that you have helped me expand on some techniques that I have been using for years. Making these waterscapes has brought my work to another dimension. This ex-student from BC Canada was totally inspired!


Sue (potter)


Out of all the Summercamps I’ve done, yours was the best.


Shane, aged 11





Sara Roberts (b.1962, Cork) is a ceramicist living and working from her studio, near Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland


Roberts studied Graphic Design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, from 1980-84 and graduated with a degree in Visual Communications. She worked in London, Australia and Ireland as a  designer until 2000.

During 2000-2002 she undertook a City and Guilds one year course in Ceramics and was subsequently awarded a bursary at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Cork, Ireland.

She consequently set up her own studio and has been working in clay since and frequently exhibiting, both in Ireland and abroad.


Selected shows, (current and upcoming) in 2016:


Feb/March: Irish Ceramics, Barony Centre, Scotland

May: Cork Potters Show, Zozimus, Dublin

July 31st- 14th August: Ceramic Awards Show, Mill Cove Gallery, Kenmare, Co Kerry

August 6th-Sept 18th: West Cork Creates, callobarative show, O'Driscoll Building, Skbbereen, Co Cork

Nov 11th-13th: Art Source, Stand A54, RDS, Ballsbridge, Co Dublin

Nov 30th -Dec 4th: National Crafts and Design Fair, Stands A12 and A13


Selected group shows in 2015:


May: 6 @ 6, Gallery No 6, Sligo with 5 other Cork Potters

July: Mill Cove Awards Show,  Castletownbere, West Cork.

August: Cork Potters Members Annual Show,’Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

August: Time, Old Mill, Kinsale, Co Cork

August: West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, W Cork

Sept: Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin



Selected group shows in 2014:


Feb: Contrasts- Six Irish Artists, Sarala’s ArtWorld, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. sponsored by Culture Ireland.

May:  Cluster, Spacecraft, Belfast City,

May: The Narrow Space, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

May:  Coming Together, The Framemaker, Carrigaline, Co Cork

June: Ceramics Awards Show, Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, West Cork.

July: Aug:  2 person show at The Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co Kerry.

Aug: Cork Potters Members Annual Show, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

Sept: All Fired Up, Zozimus Gallery, Dublin


Selected group shows in 2013:


May/June: Cork Potters Show,The Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford,

June: Ceramics Awards Show Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, West Cork & Kenmare, Co Kerry.

July: Cork Potters at Mill Cove, The Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere and Kenmare, West Cork and Kerry

July: Kinsale Arts Week, Rincurran Hall, Summercove, Kinsale.

August: Thrown Open, Cork Potters at Zozimus Gallery, Dublin

August: Rattlebag, Cork Potters at Fort Camden, Crosshaven, West Cork

September: The Ireland–Newfoundland Trail, a journey of plants and people. Craft Council Gallery, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

October: CASe, Lavitt Gallery, Cork City


Selected Group shows in 2012 included:


The Ireland-Newfoundland Trail- a journey of Plants and People. Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford:(curated by Margaret Walsh-Best).

36 Irish Ceramicists, (curated by John Goode of Mill Cove Gallery) The Barony, West Kilbride, Scotland:

Fragility (with The Society of Cork Potters), Fort Camden, Co Cork:

Who made this? (with Cork Craft and Design) Old Mill, Kinsale:

Ceramic Awards Show , Mill Cove Gallery, W Cork

















Selected group shows in 2015:


Outside the Box and Perfect Vision, 2020 Gallery, Cork:

30 Years of Cork Pottery Hickey Collections, Clonakilty, Co Cork

Form Function Adorn (with Cork Craft and Design) Old Mill, Kinsale:

Made in Cork, Lavitt Gallery Cork

Transformations (with The West Cork Craft and Design Guild)  at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland and National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Mill Cove Gallery


Solo Shows:


2008, Shifting Sands, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co Laois

2007, Making Waves, Stephen Pearce Gallery, Co Cork




2013, Mill Cove Ceramics Awards,  selected by The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

2013, The People’s Prize Award,  Armagh Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre,  Armagh




Irish Ceramics (2nd Edition) by John Goode


Galleries that stock her work include:


The Doorway, Dublin

The Open Window, Dublin

Zozimus, Dublin

Carlingford Design House

The Lavitt, Cork City

Mill Cove, Beara and Kenmare

The Boathouse, Kinsale

The Cat and The Moon, Sligo

The Narrow Space, Clonmel

1608 Gallery, Bushmills, Co Antrim



Roberts also attends annual fairs throughout Ireland namely The National Craft and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin ( 2002-’15) and has been selected to show at fairs including Art in Action (2012, 2014), The Glucksman Gallery, Co Cork (2009-’12) and Castleward, Co Down (2012).




 • Irish Art Guide

 • West Cork Craft and Design Guild

 • Crafts Council of Ireland

 • Cork Craft and Design

 • Society of Cork Potters

 • West Cork Partnership

 • Carrigaline Arts Network


Sara Roberts is a ceramicist living and working from her studio, near Kinsale, Co Cork, Ireland


The beauty of the sea-sand-rocks and natural vegetation. . .


Summer 2016 - Upcoming exhibitions:

Art Source, Main Hall RDS, Dublin, 11-13 November, preview Thurs 10th Nov, 6-8pm. Stand No: A54

National Crafts and Design Fair, RDS, Dublin, 30 Nov - 4 Dec, daily, 10am - 10pm. Stand Nos: A12-A13 - Industries Hall.

(To find me, go straight through Main Hall and my stand is in the next hall on left hand side, against the wall beside the cafe seating)


CORK CRAFT MONTH: Aug 2nd-Sept 4th

'West Cork Creates’- Collaborative Exhibition in the O’Driscoll building in Skibbereen. This exhibition runs until 18th Sept and showcases the work of 44 artists in 22 collaborative partnerships. Three pieces show my porcelain combined with the metalwork of John Lehane.


Made in Kinsale - a collection showcasing the work of Kinsale based makers in the studio shop at ME Mary Enright Jewellery, Main Street, Kinsale, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm, during Cork Craft Month.


New Gallery:

My work can now be seen at a new gallery in Mayo: The Art House, Achill, Co Mayo


Adult Workshop:

As part of August Craft Month I will be running workshops between 16th and 19th August. You can book in A glazing day will be confirmed at a later date to suit participants or your work can be glazed for you. Mounting of pieces and delivery of work (if necessary) extra.

Cost per day, including all materials and home cooked lunch, €100

See workshop page for more details


Kids Creative days in July: TBC

Examples of my work


The wall pieces here are examples of my work, most of which have been sold.

Please contact me if you would like to know what I have in stock or if you would like to visit my studio gallery to view finished pieces or work in progress.

Regarding commissions,  I can work to specific sizes and budgets, within colour schemes and from photographs and always happy to discuss your requirements.

I can offer the perfect unique gift whether corporate or personal, for a wedding or to mark a special occasion.


Gift Range


Contact Me

See BIOGRAPHY for list of current stockists


See NEWS for upcoming events


Studio visits welcome by appointment

Chinamans Loft

The Rennies


Co. Cork


+353 (0)868162277



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