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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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Dissecting Doodles – The meaning of Spirals

pottery doodles

It’s Friday and if you’re doodling at the edge of the page waiting for the may be interested to know your little spirals and squares have an ancient Irish meaning. Winter sun – clockwise spiral summer sun – Anticlockwise Kite shape – the four seasons So if anyone asks, you can proclaim that you […]