FLORENCE & MILLY
Florence & Milly is a ceramic art studio and coffee bar in Clane, Co. Kildare. Home to resident mixed media artist, Laura Barry, and her furry colleague; therapy dog Belle. Laura is delighted to share her love of art and clay with others and welcome people of all ages to experience all that the studio has to offer. When you step inside, you are instantly surrounded by a sense of calm away from the stresses of the world outside and experience the therapeutic benefits of art.
The ground floor of the studio hosts the main attraction, a working pottery, filled with wall-to-wall ceramic pottery blanks ready to be painted. As you order a coffee and a sweet treat from the coffee bar and gift shop, you can see into the back of the studio, that houses the Pottery wheels, Kiln, and artists at work in the workshop area. While you are buying a ceramic gift or a voucher you may even watch Laura making her commission pieces or hand painting ceramic family imprints.
As you wander up the staircase you will find a large exhibition space and two rooms for artist and therapy rentals. All of which are a haven for art, with classes, workshops, parties, and events. Arts such as canvas and wine, watercolours and sketching, kids arts and crafts, glass painting, fabric painting and furniture painting. All the activities at Florence & Milly Clane, allow you to express your creative side, spend quality time with friends and family, and create a unique item for yourselves or as gifts for others.
Owner, Mixed Media Artist, Potter
Laura founded Florence & Milly in 2015, when she was simultaneously working as a nurse in Tallaght Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s in science degree from Trinity College in 2010 and formerly A graduate of Dunlaoghaire College of Art and Design and Public Relations Institute of Ireland. Laura affectionately named the studio after her creative originators, her grandmothers, Artist- Florence Agnew and Magnificent Baker- Matilda Barry.
You can find Laura at her studio any day of the week as chief barista, making pottery, painting, or handcrafting her much loved commission pieces. When she is not elbow deep in clay, paint, or coffee, you will find Laura spending time with her daughter Leah and family, reading and enjoying nature.
Golden Doodle, therapy dog, friendliest staff member
Belle is a beautiful, bouncy, fluffy therapy dog that absolutely adores people. She is the true heart of the studio and encourages visitors to feel better about their day just by her company and warm-hearted affection. She greets customers at the door and stays with them until they feel contented. Her long fluffy tail sometimes gets her into trouble with lower lying objects but thankfully her true love is food, so the pottery is safe for now. If at first, she is out of sight, it is probably because she is having a nap or on occasion, a day off.