Traditional methods, local clay and a French influence help create modern pottery at Terrybaun in County Mayo.

Grattan Freyer and his French-born wife, Madeleine Giraudeau, own and manage Terrybaun Pottery near Pontoon in County Mayo. The couple first began production in 1950 and make modern glazed pottery using local clay.

The clay is brought in about once a year and is blended until it reaches the proper consistency for working. Then the modelling begins using a process that has not changed for centuries. 

The wet clay is moulded by hand to the required shape.

It is then baked, decorated and glazed. 

The film shows Grattan and Madeleine at work along with some local apprentices who are learning the craft. 

Pottery making is as old as civilisation.

This episode of 'Broadsheet' was broadcast on 30 January 1963. The reporter is Eoin Neeson. 

'Broadsheet' was a magazine style, nightly review of people and events introduced by John O'Donoghue and presented by the Broadsheet Unit.