Claire Molloy was born in 1982 in Callan, Co Kilkenny, and grew up on a farm in Tipperary which kept horses and cattle. Claire owns and breeds her own horses which she then trains to a competitive level. After graduating in 2004 with a BA Hons degree in Sculptural Ceramics from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, she able to have the best of both worlds: combine her love of ceramics with her passion for horses which she breeds. She is influenced by the Irish rural environment, and she 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 horses manes and tails to embellish the vessels, and she also uses wood shavings, straw and hay to create her smoked fire pots, all materials she uses to care for her horses. Her life-long interest in horses led her to work for Coolmore Stud in Fethard, Co. Tipperary for a number of years. Claire is also a regular tutor for the South Tipperary Art Group, and throughout this time she has continued to exhibit her own ceramic work. In July 2012 she graduated from the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramic Skills and Design Course and she now has set up her studio near Callan, Co. Kilkenny, where she specializes in horse hair and smoke fire ceramics. Taking care of your horsehair ceramic pieces: wipe off dust with a slightly damp cloth; as the pieces are not glazed they are not recommended for holding water.