Moville Pottery’s City of Culture bid

Lowry Wasson, left, and Brian McLaughlin of Moville Pottery presenting Derry Journal reporter Katie Barr with the first mug from their new City of Culture range. (1506PG51)

Lowry Wasson, left, and Brian McLaughlin of Moville Pottery presenting Derry Journal reporter Katie Barr with the first mug from their new City of Culture range. (1506PG51)

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One of Inishowen’s most famous businesses has been awarded a unique opportunity to promote its shop on an international stage thanks to the City of Culture.

Moville Pottery have been awarded the unique chance to expand their 35-year business after being named one of the five official suppliers of Derry’s City of Culture range for 2013 through Craft NI.

Brian McLaughlin of Moville Pottery with their new City of Culture range. (1506PG50)

Brian McLaughlin of Moville Pottery with their new City of Culture range. (1506PG50)

After getting the “lead” from Inishowen Tourism, Lowry Wasson and Brian McLaughlin from Moville began working on designs and after being shortlisted onto the final 15 list out of over 30 entrants.

With help of local graphic designer and friend Eileen McLaughlin, the Moville men created a traditional mug, and mini sugar and cream set which massively impressed the Culture Company.

The design of the pieces were designed as such to represent Derry and the different cultures within the city – the white being Derry and the speckles representing the different nationalities and cultures within the city.

“They said they liked the simple design of the set and the strong logo which clearly projects the image of the City of Culture,” explained experienced potter Lowry.

Lowry Wasson at work on the new Moville Pottery City of Culture range. (1506PG52)

Lowry Wasson at work on the new Moville Pottery City of Culture range. (1506PG52)

“The company and Craft NI also liked the shape and felt it was the right product to represent Derry in their City of Culture year.”

The local businessmen are delighted with the opportunity the City of Culture has given them.

“We are absolutely over the moon about it, when we got the email with a decision we were also frightened to open it. After celebrating our 35th year in business last year, we feel this is a great accolade for us.

“We used to employ five or six people in Moville but in recent years that hasn’t been the case, but who knows if the City of Culture range takes off we might be in a position to take on extra staff.”

He added: There has been so many good potters put out of business in Ireland, in the past few years alone they have went from 200 to around just 20 potters.”

The Movile men will not be taking part in a pop up shop, along with fellow Inishowen craftspeople Ann McGonagle and Sharon McDaid, for three weeks from June 27 for three weeks in Derry’s Craft Village to coincide with the arrival of the Clipper Challenge and for the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention.

Now the Inishowen men will be running a competition in which 13 lucky people can become the proud owner of the very own City of Culture products. To find out more log on to www.movillepottery.com and check their competition page to get the chance to win the brand new range.