DANU specialises in handcrafted, designer ceramic homewares made in Dublin, Ireland. The design ranges combine organic yet refined and contemporary aesthetics that display well in both urban and rustic settings. Inspired by travels, nature, wanderlust, antiquated trade routes and the country of Ireland, each piece is one of a kind.
Our work is a favourite of food stylists and photographers and has been featured in many projects and campaigns.
Ruth Power is an artist, designer, maker and travel lover who graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2011, and set up DANU ceramics in 2015. She designs and creates every piece.
About the Goddess Danu
Danu was the ancient Celtic Goddess of earth and creativity and the Hindi Goddess of water - 3 elements that are fundamental to the creation of ceramics.
It is believed that the two Goddesses have the same origin, from when the Vedic people of South Asia traded and interacted with the Celts of Western Europe. Many waterways around Europe and Asia have been named after Danu, such as the Danube river in Germany and the Danu river in Nepal.
Ancient peoples from Western Europe and South Asia referred to themselves as Children of Danu. In Ireland, they were called the Tuatha Dé Danann (the people/tribe of the goddess Danu).
We believe that objects created from clay should retain a natural quality, showing appreciation of the integrity of natural objects and processes, with evidence of being made by human hands.
Wabi-sabi (侘寂) is an ancient philosophy rooted in Zen Buddhism. It is a Japanese aesthetic that values the imperfect, the handmade and the simple.
It connotes rustic simplicity, freshness or quietness and can be applied to both natural and human-made objects, or understated elegance. It can also refer to quirks and anomalies arising from the process of construction, which add uniqueness and elegance to the object.
''Accepting the world as imperfect, unfinished, and transient, and then going deeper and celebrating that reality, is something not unlike freedom.''
-Richard Powell, author of 'Wabi Sabi Simple: Create beauty. Value imperfection. Live deeply' (2004).