The Blackheath Pottery
HI I’m Babs from The Blackheath Pottery. I create handmade porcelain tableware, traditional items such as mugs, bowls and plates but glazed in fresh contemporary colours. Handcrafted ceramics have a uniqueness, no two pieces are identical, often impressions from my own hands are evident in the soft body of the clay. After traveling and gaining experience from other potter's I have returned to the wild north coast of Northern Ireland and started The Blackheath Pottery! In the Spring we are opening our cafe, supplying homemade bakes and excellent coffee all served on handmade ceramics
Babs Belshaw specialises in porcelain tableware and is inspired by the past honouring the craftsmanship that existed all over Ireland in years gone by. She graduated in Ceramics from Cardiff School of Art and Design and the DCCOI Ceramic Skills Course in Kilkenny, Ireland. She previously worked from studios in Wicklow and Dublin. Irish scenery has provided her inspiration. Potters and scenic coastlines are synonymous. The famous post-war potter Bernard Leach inspired a ceramics movement in Cornwall that’s still going strong to this day. The Causeway Coast and Glens in Northern Ireland is world- famous for its beauty. It’s an ideal area to develop as a destination for pottery and ceramic lovers.
The Blackheath Pottery is a unique destination, A converted Georgian Courtyard provides a home for the pottery, the renovated stables now holds a cafe and a working pottery divided by a large glass wall. Eating fresh bakes and drinking amazing coffee from handcrafted porcelain wares is an experience in itself, being able to watch Babs just a step away creating the very mug you are drinking from provides a connection from raw clay to a finished piece.
We are open Wednesday – Sunday 11- 4pm.
The Blackheath Pottery’s contemporary style of fresh spring colours and practical forms took a year to develop. Utility is our main priority, the pottery must also be functional as well as beautiful, we create wares to be used daily, bringing beauty to the humble cup of tea.
The designerie, Bushmills.
No 6 Queen Street Coleraine.
The Craft Village, Derry.