Sean Martin, aged 48, lives in the Camphill Community for people with learning disabilities in Glencraig just 10 minutes away from Loaf Pottery in Crawfordsburn. He is a keen potter and worked in Pinewood Pottery for years before it closed in 2014.
When Loaf took over Pinewood Pottery in May 2018 we wanted to engage with the community and offer opportunities to local people with learning difficulties, so were delighted to welcome Sean back and offer him a job as a potter. Having previously worked in the pottery, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the history of the building and knows many people in the local community who call in to the pottery and café.
Sean now works in Loaf Pottery on Thursdays. His duties include glazing, waxing and throwing pots on the wheel, as well as assisting our Resident Potter Josh with his work. Sean has his own line of pottery that is for sale in the store, each pot is unique and the underside is branded with ‘Sean at Loaf’.
Commenting on his work Sean said, “I love working in the pottery and creating my own mugs to be sold. The customers are really friendly and I like talking to them about my work.
“Josh is a great teacher and I like learning new techniques from him. I work on Thursday afternoons and enjoy getting pizza for lunch when I am in!”
When he is not working in the pottery Sean avails of day opportunities on a Thursday at Glencraig.
You can buy Sean’s pottery line in store, prices start at just £6 for a mug. Visit us at 24 Main Street, Crawfordsburn, BT19 1JE or check out our full ceramics range at in the online shop. We also have a range of classes and events happening in the Pottery, see the full schedule and book here.