Claire Molloy specialises in horsehair and smoke fired ceramics. She set up her studio in the beautiful surroundings of Rossenarra, Kilmoganny Co. Kilkenny, therefore she is greatly influenced by the Irish rural environment and likes to create simple natural looking forms with subtle colours and textures. Her love of horses directly influences her horsehair pottery. She uses hair from her own horse’s manes and tails which she then places on the hot ceramic surface. The hair twists and turns as it burns in leaving behind a unique pattern of beautiful black lines. She also uses wood shavings, straw and hay to create her smoke fired pots, all materials which are used to care for her horses.
Claire also creates individual pots for horse owners, where each pot is decorated with hair from a particular horse to create a unique memento.
She has an honours degree in Sculptural ceramics from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and has attended the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills and Design Course. She is a member of the prestigious MADE in Kilkenny Craft Group, and was the winner of the Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce Craft Business of the Year 2013. She is also part of the Design and Craft Council of Ireland's Portfolio programme.