Making Conversations - Season 2 Episode 5

Maker: Babs Belshaw
From: Making Conversations
Activity Type: Meet the Makers
Ticket Price: Free
Start: 13-Aug-2020 -
End: -


Making Conversations is a podcast from silversmith Robyn Galway and ceramicist Jemma Millen - both practicing makers and graduates from the applied art department of Ulster University, who both share a love of making and craft.

In series 2 episode 5 Making Conversations meets with potter Babs Belshaw to chat about all things making.

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.

Episode 5 is out now:



Here is a preview teaser clip for what is to come!


For this second series, makers Robyn & Jemma have received funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as part of their Artist Emergency Programme; to produce 10 new conversations with makers across NI & beyond, to provide a glimpse into life as a maker, especially during lock-down.

The second series episode schedule of Making Conversations is fortnightly from 18 June 2020. 


Listen back to episodes from the first and second series of Making Conversations Podcast, featuring a bonus episode from the 2019 Ulster University degree show recorded in June 2019 and five maker conversations that were released every Thursday in August 2019 as part of August Craft Month 2019.


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