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Babs Belshaw: Series 02 - Episode 05

Coleraine based Potter Babs Belshaw joins us for episode five of ten from our second series.

A clip of this episode is available above in the video.

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This second series of our podcast is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of their Artist Emergency Programme.

Babs shares her making journey to ceramics in this episode as well as her love for crystal glazes and also reveals the details about opening her studio cafe The Blackheath Pottery, based in Coleraine.

After studying in Cardiff, Babs was accepted in the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's Pottery skills course in Thomastown, County Kilkenny, for two years.

After Thomastown, Babs worked with Karo Art in Dublin before returning to Coleraine, where she has set up her own studio with plans to open The Blackheath Pottery; a studio cafe which will feature her own handmade ceramics, designed to be used every day in the cafe as a true celebration of hand crafted ceramics.

Not only can you use the handmade ceramics when you visit The Blackheath Pottery, but you can purchase them too -



Babs is a ceramic artist based near the town of Coleraine on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. The inspiration for her work comes from living life near the coast, the rich and rugged landscapes of the Atlantic ocean is evident through her colour scheme.

Her work is made from porcelain for its pure whiteness and thrown on the wheel. Her forms come in a variety of bulbous vases, the connection between a soft rounded shoulder and a narrow foot have an elegant stance and presence.

The choice of surface decoration comes from the complex glazing technique of creating crystals. This process is totally spontaneous creating crystal formations that are suspended within the glaze. With the addition of a finishing touch of gold lustre, each piece has a luxurious quality.

Babs childhood was spent between the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. After leaving the school she embarked on a National Diploma in Art and Design at Limavady, this was where her love of ceramics began.

Babs then studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design completing a degree in ceramics in 2014 and the DCCOI Ceramic Skills and Design course in Ireland,  graduating in 2016. Now she is running her pottery in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

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Series two of Making Conversations Podcast has been funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of their Artist Emergency Programme. Episodes are released fortnightly on Thursdays from 18 June 2020.



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