Gurteenakilla / Brushfire Pottery


The Verlings are known for their highly individual decorated ceramic ware. They were early arrivals in Ballydehob – in 1973 – and took over the Gurteenakilla pottery from Christa Reichel and Nora Golden. Their ceramics are a combination of Noelle’s potting skills and John’s artwork. Each piece is unique. John and Noelle were founder members of the Cork Crafstmen’s Guild and contributed much of their time to the running of the organisation. John died in Ballydehob in 2009, and Noelle lives in Durrus.

The creative heritage at Gurteenakilla lives on: the premises are now owned by architects Robin Mallalieu and Angela Brady. Angela Brady is also a fused glass artist.

Above: Ceramic works produced in Gurteenakilla by Noelle and John Verling, from the permanent collection of the Ballydehob Arts Museum