The most interesting products of the factory from Northern Ireland are wicker baskets and stucco decoration in the form of flower bouquets. In a special department, craftsmen weave intricate porcelain threads for baskets and create naturalistic flowers: leaf by leaf, stem by stem, and petal by petal. Each item produced in this technique is truly original – no two items are the same.
The clay used here is the same as found in the foundry, except gum arabic is added to the mixture, making it more elastic, but changing the color of the clay, making it gray.
Threads for baskets are made by a special machine, the so-called Dod. The clay is pressed through holes in the bottom of the machine into very long spaghetti-like strands. Threads are used to weave the base and sides of each basket.
The base of the basket is woven by hand on ceramic tiles in 2, 3 or 4 strands, then it is cut using a template depending on the size and shape of the basket. The base is then placed on top of the block mold, and the craftsman manually weaves the side walls: threads are laid around the mold walls diagonally in both directions to create the effect of a wicker basket.
The flowers are made by hand right on the palm of the hand, using tools similar to those used many years ago: a five-inch nail, flattened and smoothed at both ends, a razor blade and a knitting needle.