Belfast Telegraph

Pottery firm's Aran designs coast to US market

By Margaret Canning

Designs usually found on Aran sweaters from the west of Ireland are now gracing pottery from Co Londonderry.

Kara Irish Pottery was set up by ceramics expert Ann Mullan Karakastanis to export pottery to the US.

Now it is manufacturing coasters from traditional Irish sandstone at the Vale Centre in Greysteel.

The coasters are to be launched on shopping channel QVC's Rose of Tralee Show in September, as the channel uses the beauty and personality contest to showcase Irish-themed products.

Kara has invested over £120,000 in developing exports, mainly through QVC. Invest NI has contributed £20,000 towards the project, which is expected to create three new jobs by the end of the year.

Ann Karakastanis said: "I am confident that we are creating something unique which will lead to significant business."