TheMoodDesigns

Ceramics - Handcrafted in Ireland

Castlebar, Ireland · 113 Sales

TheMoodDesigns

Ceramics - Handcrafted in Ireland

Castlebar, Ireland 113 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(35)

Announcement   Mirrors of places and.... dreams, ones we can share with others.
www.themooddesigns.ie

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Last updated on Apr 20, 2016

Mirrors of places and.... dreams, ones we can share with others.
www.themooddesigns.ie

Ella and Lukas SZ

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Ella and Lukas SZ

ceramic sugar dish by The Mood Designs
ceramic sugar dish by The Mood Designs
$12.04
ceramic bird brooch by The Mood Designs
ceramic bird brooch by The Mood Designs
$14.45
SALE ceramic small bowl by The Mood Designs
SALE ceramic small bowl by The Mood Designs
$11.44
ceramic creamer milk jug  by The Mood Designs
ceramic creamer milk jug by The Mood Designs
$14.45
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(35)
Marion O'Connor

Marion O'Connor on Jul 11, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Very happy with the frame. Beautiful colours and well made. Bigger than I expected.

palczynj

palczynj on Jun 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I love my new mugs !!! Beautifully done, express delivery, lovely people. Definitely it wontn't be my last order in this store. I strongly recommend a mood designs !!!

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About

The Mood Designs - Mirrors of places and.... dreams, ones we can share with others.

Lukasz and I are originally from Poland. We came to Ireland on holiday in 2006 and were so taken with the friendly people, the beautiful scenery, and the quality of life that we decided to move there! We were always interested in creativity, specifically crafts and music. In 2010 we decided to open a craft shop called The Mood Gallery, not just for our own creations, which were jewelry at the time, but to accommodate all like-minded artistic people in the area. We used to organise art exhibitions for local artists and life music sessions, where Lukie could play on his piano accordion with other musicians. The experience of meeting creative people, selling their products and talking to customers gave us food for thought. I always have lots of ideas running through my mind for different crafts and products, and one day I bought a bag of clay and started play with different forms and shapes. I had a friend who kindly fired my stuff in their kiln so I could experiment, and I learned a lot about this art form.
I encouraged Lukasz to try to build something with clay, but he was not interested for a good while. Finally, after long persuasion, Lukasz formed a small figurine, which we managed to fire and glaze. Only the trunk and arms remained intact, but it actually turned out pretty nice, because it looked like an antique. After much contemplation we both attended a pottery and ceramics course in Galway. During the course, we were particularly taken with the hand-building of ceramics as opposed to pottery, which is thrown on a wheel. This was the key which opened the door to our ceramics business, and it is in this field that we have continued to work and develop our own style.
We didn’t plan to set up a ceramic business. We thought it could be our new hobby, something we could enjoy together. It was only a few months after the course when we made our first few bowls mirroring the Irish Sea and landscape and added pictures of them on our Facebook page. The very next day, we had a query from a local shop asking if we could supply them with those sea bowls! This is how we started developing our range and selling it to more vendors. In the meantime we had our first baby and decided to close our old craft shop and focus on our new arrival. After doing a few craft fairs and thinking about the future and direction of our business, we decided to convert an old horse shed into our studio. A lot of hard work was undertaken by Lukie to adapt the stable — insulation, a water supply, shelving and work benches, putting in an old pot-bellied stove to keep us warm in winter and help dry out the ceramics. Finally we had the electricity connected and our kiln plugged in, ready for action.

Our home and studio are surrounded by much of the scenery which inspires our work. Croagh Patrick lies to the west of us. Curving round the north of Clew Bay are the Hills of Achill, their colours changing with the seasons. Closer by we have the tracks that lead in to the cut-away bogs, which are covered in rushes and standing water when the soft rain falls over Ireland. The light continually changes here with the movement of the clouds and reflections from the sea. This stunning scenery inspires most of our ideas which we incorporate into our ceramics; the mountains are reflected in the shape of the bowls and our unique glaze and use of glass mirrors the colours we see around us. To date, The Mood Designs has two collections: the Sea range and the Rain range. Each hand finished product is unique and has its own variations, while still being part of a larger collection.

Ceramics is not only hobby for us, it’s a way of life that we love. We are honored to be able to spread our interpretations of Irish beauty to other craft-enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Shop members

  • Ella and Lukas SZ

    Owner

    Originally from Poland,now living in the West of Ireland in beautiful County Mayo. Living as we do in the open countryside, we are daily inspired by the landscape and sky around us. Another inspiration for us is the near by amazing Atlantic Coast.

  • Lukasz

    Creator, Designer, Shipper

    Lukie is very detailed with finishing off and smoothing ceramics, he works full time in The Mood Designs workshops and he will travel to post office to ship etsy orders.

  • Ella

    Marketer, Creator, Designer

    Ella is an expert from glazing and designing new pieces, she looking after etsy listings, some of the photos. She will reply on etsy queries and custom orders.

  • Kaziu

    Quality Controler

    Kaziu making sure that our ceramics are strong, safe and pleasant to use :)

Shop policies

Last updated on September 15, 2016
Welcome in The Mood Designs shop!

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
Payment through Paypal is expected immediatly following your purchase. Please make sure you follow the link to Paypal to complete your transaction.
Shipping
If you are purchasing a gift, please be sure to enter the correct shipping address during check out. If you would like a note included, enter that in the Notes to Seller along with any other instructions.

Costumers from Ireland should expect items within 1-3 working days from payment day.

International costumers please allow 2-4 weeks for the delivery of your international package.

Custom orders- personalised heart and love birds- please add 2-3 weeks.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please let me know if there are any problems with your order. I am happy to work with you on a solution.

Custom orders and Made to Order items listed in my shop require non-refundable payment up front. I will work with you to be completely satisfied with your order, but refunds will not be given on any purchase for buyers remorse.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of my pieces are packed with care to ensure their safe arrival. I have lots of experience with shipping my work so you can feel confident that I will get your item to you safely.