Saturday, 16 November 2013

New stores

Gearing up for Christmas and beyond . A few new galleries have asked for my sheep so I'm busy preparing a good range of sizes and glazes. Front loading kiln being delivered next week ...this is serious now

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Causeway speciality market

Market day on Saturday 9th Nov from 9am to 4 pm. Remember to buy local crafts for all your Christmas presents. It's been a busy time making big sheep and will have my work in a new gallery very soon.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Kings Hall Belfast

Making a lot of new shapes of sheep, I'm even surprising myself!
Its all in aid of my next show in the Kings Hall Belfast , Improve your home show on October 12th and 13th from 10am to 5 each day. There is a craft marquee and that's where you will find me. My larger sheep are ideal for a bathroom, conservatory or sheltered garden or courtyard. They also look great on a hearth or shelf.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Craft Fest Castle Ward Strangford

Getting my sheep all packed up for my trip to Castle Ward this weekend ( 9th, 10th and 11th August).
This is an annual event set in the beautiful National Trust grounds of Castle Ward on the shores of Strangford Lough.
Lets hope the sun shines on the crafters and more importantly our customers!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

New Stockist

My sheep are in the window of The Wickerman shop and gallery in High Street Belfast.
I am busy making a load of stock as its craft fair time soon and i need lots of choice for my customers

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

See my current work

See my current work by clicking on 'find me on facebook' and look at my photos

Exciting times, plenty of invites to craft fairs and have joined the Craft collective which I hope will lead to further opportunities.
I've finished my two commissions of big sheep, one still cooling off in the kiln, the other one is completed and I really like it, hope my customer does too.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Craft fair at the G8 photos

Craft Fair

My next outing is in Castlerock Fair along the promenade in the town on Saturday 6th July from 10am to 4pm.
Please come along and see what we have to promises to be good

Post G8

Just back from the C8 craft fair in Enniskillen. The G8 went well as did our fair. We could have done with more customers but I'm glad I went , sales were reasonable, 2 commissions for large sheep and a lead to stock my wares in a design studio. Jenny was a great help and set out the stall each day with flair!
The other good thing about a four day fair was that we had a lovely holiday with my friend Kathryn and I met a lovely bunch of crafters.
I also saw Obama and David Cameron as they drove through the town, I supported the IF campaign to end world hunger, which was organised by Oxfam.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

You may have heard of G8 well now learn more about C8

I was delighted to be accepted by Fermanagh District Council to sell my sheep at the C8 craft fair in Enniskillen Castle on Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th June 2013. This is a celebration of making so please check out the website It runs from 12MD to 6pm each day and I have some really special sheep for sale.
Try to come to the fair

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April is nearly over and Sam Blundell, a ceramic student in Cardiff, is coming to work with me as an intern for a month. I'm hoping we will get the studio organised , all my work photographed and put on the gallery, plinths painted, plenty of new sheep made and we might be able to fit in a new stockist or even a small exhibition.
So watch this spot and plenty of activity in May.

Friday, 5 April 2013

The Craft fair on Easter Tuesday in Portballantrae was really successful, lots of sheep sales and admirers. Came across a few customers who are collecting my sheep, I almost get as excited as they do!.
Also have a new stockist f the larger pieces as well as the popular smaller ones...The Bushmills Gallery in Bushmills. A great shop to visit, good quality brands and lots of ceramics. Interestingly, James and Joan who run the gallery were my very first stockists from a student show I did in Flowerfield Art Centre many moons ago so the love of my sheep goes way back. I'll be delivering their order on Saturday so call in next week and have a look. They have given me my own glass cabinet to display and I feel very privileged that they made contact to place an order.
What a March..... here's to April and beyond!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Two large sheep sold

At the Harlequins Art Sale, my two big sheep sold before the official opening pleased and happy. I now need to make some more big ones. If you look carefully you can see those beautiful red spots! I feel I'm losing an old friend as this sheep was used for my new branding so he has done me proud!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Harlequins Art Sale

Some unusual pieces for Art Sale

You will be able to see three of my pieces at the Exhibition by Northern Ireland Artists to be held in Harlequins Rugby Club at 45a Deramore Park, Belfast on !3th, 14th an15th March 2013.

Art exhibitions allow me artistic licence to create more unusual pieces. This particular exhibition is run every two years and attracts a huge number of artists and customers. Two years ago I sold two large sheep and had a number of commissions so I'm hoping for a repeat performance.

You will have a sneak preview of my pieces and please spread the word about the sale
2 sheep and a goat ready for the sale

Medium Sheep (3views)

Large Sheep (3 views)

Flat Goat (5 views)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The new beginning

Today I have prepared my first invoice for the National Trust so from March 1 you will be able to buy a selection of sheep and lambs from the shop at the Giants Causeway. The ones on sale are made exclusively for the Causeway and I'm hoping sheep will fly ...literally fly off the shelves!
So its never too late to make a new start, I thought I had finished my career and here we are starting another one when most people my age are thinking of retiring,
So a number of thank-you's are necessary.
Firstly to all my loyal customers who keep buying my sheep and paying me compliments...nothing like it for the soul
To Karen Yates from Zing who helped me develop my branding webpage and a whole lot more.
To Frances Lundy who encouraged me and helped open a few doors to get in front of the right buyers.
To My family, especially my husband Ken, who make their own dinner when I'm up to my ears in sheep!
To The Causeway Market in Coleraine, 2nd Saturday of each month for keeping my dream alive.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Hello & Welcome to Iris Belshaw Contemporary Ceramics

Welcome to my blog.

This is the place to find out all about Iris Belshaw Contemporary Ceramics. I will be posting sneak peaks of work in progress, sharing thoughts and images that have inspired me and news of upcoming exhibitions.

Thanks for visiting.