Nicholas Mosse pottery grew from the idea to produce beautiful, funtional pottery in the style of Irish spongeware, which was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th century. The style of Nicholas Mosse pottery is simple, honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge. The decoration is rurally inspired, ofen using images of animals and plants popular in the region. The clay is mixed locally and the kilns are fired by hydropower from the nearby river Nore. The business has evolved over the years to become one of Ireland’s best known and most popular potteries, where is every piece continues to be decorated by hand using the traditional Irish technique of sponging.