1935: Official Opening

Arklow Pottery is formally opened on 29th July 1935 by Minister of Industry and Commerce Seán Lemass.

It is hoped that Arklow Pottery will soon supply the total chinaware and pottery ware needs of the Irish Free State.

200 workers are hired, including 30 skilled staff from the Staffordshire Potteries who are brought in to pass on the techniques of ceramic production to their Irish colleagues. Mr. Percy Sargent, Decorating Manager, was one of these and some of the early designs attributed to him are ‘Indian Tree’, ‘Sugar Loaf’ and ‘Country Store’.

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