Come visit us and see how the pieces are made for yourself… We have just opened our new studio space located in the picturesque County Down countryside, 1 mile outside Castlewellan.
Address: Mount Pleasant Trekking Centre, 15 Bannanstown Road, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9BG
Please drop me an email/text/call to arrange your visit.
INSIDE THE STUDIO
Our bottles, vessels and dishes are made in small batches using the slip casting technique. Liquid bone china is cast in plaster moulds created from found objects or turned models.
Each piece is carefully sponged to remove any marks from the mould. The smooth and fine finish of the bone china provides the elegance and delicacy as a foundation for the hand painted decoration.
After the initial firing, every piece is coated with a transparent glaze on both the exterior and interior, before returning to the kiln for the glaze firing. It's here where the magic happens and the matt black transforms into a rich glossy blue.
The maker's stamp is applied and hints of gold lustre, the pieces are then ready for their third and final firing.
Image credit Esther Irvine