Rustic Sustainable Ceramic Lights
Explore Mullan Ceramics' Handmade Collection of Unique & Sustainable Ceramic Lights
Mullan Ceramics: An overview of the company and its commitment to sustainability
We have had the pleasure of working with Mullan Lighting for many years, based in Ireland they manufacture beautiful quality lights all with brass fittings that can be finished in a number ways to suit your design ideas. Now Mullan Ceramics uses that skill to specialise in creating beautiful handmade ceramic lights. With a strong commitment to sustainability, Mullan Ceramics has gained recognition for their unique and eco-friendly lighting solutions. The company takes great pride in their craftsmanship and attention to detail, ensuring that each ceramic light is not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally conscious.
How Mullan ensures sustainability in their manufacturing process
Sustainability lies at the heart of Mullans' manufacturing process. The company strives to minimize their environmental impact by using locally sourced materials and implementing energy-efficient practices. Additionally, Mullan has invested in solar panels to power their production facilities, significantly reducing their reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
Mullan Lighting also incorporates recycling and waste reduction strategies into their manufacturing process. Any excess clay or materials are recycled and reused, minimizing waste. By implementing these sustainable practices. Mullan Ceramics sets an example for the industry and showcases their dedication to preserving the environment. The clay used for their ceramic lights is carefully selected from nearby clay pits, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation.
"ALL OF OUR CERAMIC PENDANT LIGHTS ARE HANDMADE IN OUR CERAMIC STUDIO IN MULLAN VILLAGE, IRELAND USING LOCALLY SOURCED CLAYS. THE BRASS COMPONENTS USED ARE ALSO RECYCLED, MAKING OUR CERAMIC PENDANTS A VERY SUSTAINABLE CHOICE."
The craftsmanship behind Mullan Ceramics' ceramic lights
Mullan Ceramics' ceramic lights are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of their talented artisans. Each light is carefully handcrafted with precision and attention to detail, ensuring a high-quality and unique product. From the shaping of the clay to the finishing touches, every step in the creation process is meticulously executed.
The artisans at Mullan Ceramics possess a deep understanding of the materials they work with. They know how to manipulate the clay to create stunning and intricate designs that reflect both modern aesthetics and timeless elegance. The result is a collection of ceramic lights that not only illuminate a space but also serve as works of art.
Three Colours of Clay are Used
Near the entrance to our factory in Mullan Village is an old oak tree stump. The engravings on the tree's bark inspired the incorporation of strong textures in our ceramic designs, reflecting the roots of the craft. The colour of the bog oak tree led to the creation of our Black Clay finish, which blends dark and light shades like the crackled texture on the tree stump's surface.
The engraved markings on our ceramic designs resonate with the organic texture of this tree stump.
Red brick is found in the old buildings in Mullan Village. Mullan's potter used the textures on the aged red bricks of the old Post Office to create the crackle effect in our ceramic designs. The Red Iron color finish reflects the character of Mullan Village and captures the beauty of the red row cottages that line the roadside in this rural community.
The colour blue has a special meaning in the ceramic craft and dates to 15th century China. Derived from the natural element cobalt, this ancient colouring technique inspired artists to include colour in their artwork.
Mullan have developed a unique ombre paintbrush method that creates a two-toned hue on the surface of the ceramic shades.
This artistic brushstroke façade resembles the rippled waters of the Blackwater River that runs alongside our factory in Mullan. This river once powered the old flax mill that Mullan now occupy.
Cobalt blue has particular significance in the history of ceramics and thus makes up the third colour finish in the Mullan Ceramics lighting collection.
"From the moment clay is taken from the bag it starts to dry and shrink. Timing is crucial. Some items can be made right away, others need to be left to dry until the clay is the perfect temperature. Trimming and cutting holes is better when the clay in harder, almost like leather.
Once the item is made, it is left to dry for one week. We use a traditional kiln oven to fire the products at over 1,000° degrees celsius. It is first fired, then more colour is added. At this stage the clay will glow red, yellow then white. The products are generally left for a day to cool and then they are complete".
Exploring the handmade collection: Unique ceramic lights and their features
The collection includes clay light shades, pendants specifically for bathrooms as well as a range for other non wet areas like bedrooms and kitchens, wall sconces and table lamps, each meticulously handcrafted to perfection.
The clay light shades are a popular choice for those seeking earthy sustainable lighting. These shades are available in various shapes and sizes, allowing for customization and versatility. Whether you prefer a classic dome shape or a more contemporary design, all are available with a selection of finishes to the brass fittings, so as to compliment your design theme. Mullan Ceramics has something to suit your taste.
In addition to their aesthetic appeal, Mullan Ceramics' ceramic lights are also designed with functionality in mind. Many of their lights feature adjustable components, allowing you to direct the light exactly where you need it. This versatility ensures that you can create the perfect ambiance in any space.
Maintenance and care tips: Ensuring the longevity of your ceramic lights
To enjoy the longevity of your Mullan Ceramics' handmade ceramic lights, proper maintenance and care are essential. The following tips will help you preserve the beauty and functionality of your lights for years to come:
- Cleaning: Regularly dust your ceramic lights with a soft, dry cloth to remove any surface dirt or debris. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials as they can damage the surface.
- Avoid moisture: While Mullan Ceramics' ceramic lights are durable, it is important to keep them away from excessive moisture. If your lights are installed in a bathroom or kitchen, ensure proper ventilation to prevent the accumulation of moisture.
- Handle with care: Ceramic lights can be fragile, so handle them with care when installing or moving them. Avoid placing excessive pressure on delicate parts to prevent breakage.
- Check electrical components: Periodically inspect the electrical components of your ceramic lights to ensure they are in good working condition. If you notice any signs of damage or wear, consult a professional electrician for repairs.
By following these maintenance and care tips, you can enjoy the beauty and functionality of your Mullan ceramic lights for years to come.
Where to Buy
If you are inspired by Mullan Ceramics' commitment to sustainability and are eager to incorporate their unique ceramic lights into your space, you can find the full range of their products here at Great Lighting's online store where you can browse their entire collection and make a purchase from the comfort of your home. Bearing in mind they are unique and made for you to the finish you require they will take 2 - 3 weeks to arrive, but they are well worth the wait.