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Setting a Beautiful Table with Handmade Irish Pottery

Setting a Beautiful Table with Handmade Irish Pottery

There's a unique joy in gathering with loved ones around a beautifully set table. As you’d expect, our table has quite a few pieces made by Charlie. We want to show you how we infuse a touch of Irish charm into our celebrations by incorporating handmade Irish pottery as our chosen serving dishes. Join me as we explore the art of setting a table that not only showcases the warmth of the season but also celebrates the craftsmanship and whimsy of pieces. Don’t worry, I’ll link to each piece mentioned so you can easily find it in our Charlie Mahon Ceramics Pottery online shop.


Three handmade ceramics pottery bowls nested together on a blue tablecloth. Each bowl is handmade and handprinted with a mackerel fish motif in celebration of the Wild Atlantic Way of Ireland. Handmade by Charlie Mahon Ceramics Pottery in Cork, Ireland. Authentic Irish souvenir.

Serving Dishes

Embrace the eclectic nature of Charlie’s style by mixing and matching your serving dishes and place settings. Pairing different sizes, shapes, and collections adds a curated, personalised touch to your table. We recommend our Ramekin Bowls for dips and sauces. Our Flat Bowls are ideal for serving roast vegetables. Salads love our Medium and Large Bowls. No really, they do. Cheese & crackers too for some reason. Don't ask us why, it's just some valued customer feedback we've had over the years.

As you lay out your feast or buffet, present your culinary creations in a variety of shape and sizes of serving dishes. Whether it's a hearty stew in a generously sized bowl, roasted vegetables in our flat bowl, or sweet treats on our rectangular plates, the pottery will elevate the dining experience and keep the table from feeling repetitive. The tactile pleasure of serving and enjoying food from these handmade pottery adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the meal.




Enhance the festive atmosphere by incorporating cheerful elements into your centrepiece. You could aim for natural arrangements of winter greenery or pinecones (always check for pests because you don’t want uninvited guests at your table), or go with vibrant and modern with a bowl of mini disco balls. Either way, nestled among your serving dishes and feast, it creates a cosy, inviting focal point.


Mackerel hand painted on handmade Irish pottery by Charlie Mahon of Cork, Ireland

Table Setting and Name Cards

For a seated meal, having a beautifully set table makes each person feel special. Mix and match your tableware for an eclectic feel. For a thoughtful final touch, consider adding personalised elements to each place setting. Whether it is choosing a plate motif matching each person's interests or adding handwritten name cards or sprigs of herbs tied with twine to the napkins create a sense of intimacy and make your guests feel truly welcome. 


Incorporating handmade Irish pottery into your table setting is not just a stylistic choice; it's an ode to tradition, craftsmanship, and the joy of sharing a meal with loved ones. This time you have everyone over, let your table be a canvas that tells a story, weaving together the magic of the season and the timeless beauty of our pottery. Rest assured, our English Market shop is open to help you choose pieces to round out your serving dish options. Cheers to a festive celebration filled with warmth, good company, and the artistry of the season.

Pan roast green beans with garlic served in a flat ceramics pottery bowl hand painted with mackerel fish. Charlie Mahon Ceramics Pottery of Cork Ireland.


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