A handlebar, two taps, a tin-whistle and a gasket

handmade pottery ireland

What do you get if you cross a handlebar, two taps, a tin-whistle and a gasket?   Of course, it’s an adjustable, pottery-wheel pot-measurer!  If you didn’t get that, you’re obviously not a garden-shed engineer.  This was dad’s invention, he saved up all the little useful trinkets, knowing they’d come in handy at some point in […]

All Dry Robe and No Knickers

handmade pottery and raku Art by the sea

Claiming to be a sea swimmer leaves impressions of risk taking, endurance and ‘braving it’ qualities.  Which, of course, can be true…unless you’re me, who actually freezes like a bunny in headlights, at waves any higher than a pottery wheel!  Yeah, I can’t sea-swim but that didn’t prevent me purchasing the wetsuit, gloves, booties, cap […]

The cow may stay on the moon

dairy products in climate change

As the setter paws the bench and protrudes the tongue like a fly catching frog…the butterdish tumbles to the floor…  ‘Ah well’ one thinks ‘one thing less to pack when leaving our broken home.’  Now, just need to find a good home for the dog.  Albeit, one who tidies away their food stuffs! Maybe dogs […]

‘There’s a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.’

You must be sitting on cracked fragments of Saturn’s exploded moons if you haven’t heard of the Mica story yet.   Leonard Cohen – inspired by Rumi- wrote the above.  He could have been prophesising about Donegal and Mayo homes owners. Yes, we may have literal cracks, but it’s the light that got in that is […]

A clock in that time meant nine: The gift of a story

My brother got married in the late 80’s.  This was a time when every aunty arrived with hoovers, deep-fat-friers and the quint essential carriage clocks, of which they received 9 (we’ve countless aunties)!  Needless to say some of these twirling, ball-bearing domes had been passed on from cousins who got married the month before and […]

Smelly homes; can now blame the Pup

Just as all are throwing open their front doors again, with fluffed up ‘welcome’ mats, in the anticipation of the long-forgotten visitor (and for the superstitious among you-anyone but the red head, as the first footer); I’m running to the door (not to throw arms around non-tactile, unsuspecting postman) but to quick slam it shut!  […]

If google can’t answer; Inishowen Heritage can.

Donegal Pottery. Pottery by Peninsula pottery

Google has answered many historical fact squabbles in our house, but there’s somethings in life, google can’t solve: that being, an engaging experience.  Exploring the west coast of the peninsula with Inishowen Tourism not only drew attention to the abundance of local heritage sites but embededd memories of ‘feast for the eyes’ scenery and enriched […]

Pottery: Where to buy

derry pottery

Where’s best to sell you’re product. Online/fairs and events/high street (or rather “bespoke” street.) The answer depends on your individual lifestyle. In an ideal world we don’t put all our eggs in 1 basket…but do we have to stretch ourselves thin…isn’t one of the reasons we chose this path, is to balance work/play. So I […]