Sunday, 5 October 2008


Lowry Wasson has run Moville Pottery for over 32 years. Four years ago they moved to a fantastic, purpose built workshop and retail shop just up from the Co-op. The quality of their ceramic ware is well known worldwide as they do mail order across the globe. Closer to home they have just finished supplying the 5 star Lough Eske Solis hotel with ceramics. Lowry also runs pottery-painting workshops for groups, as well as hosting birthday parties where you can get behind the potters wheel. On Friday the 7th of November, the pottery will be having their annual open evening where there will be 20% off all of the goods and the Cava wine will be flowing. There will also be music and a free €300 draw on the night. It starts at 7 pm and ends at 10pm, so make a date and don’t be late

What music do you like?
I enjoy a broad range of music. Rock, jazz, R+B as well as young modern acts. I particularly like Teddy Thompson (son of Richard Thompson). His new album A Piece of What You Need is very good.

Do you play an instrument yourself?
I do, I play the drums and am a member of a bad called Zig-Zag. We play Van Morrison type songs as well as jazz and blues. We don’t play as much as we should though.

What would you never throw away?
I wouldn’t throw away CD’s or LP’s although most of them are scratched. I treasure them but they get a lot of play, which is what they are designed for.

What book are you reading?
I read a great book on holiday recently. Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Big Country. He’s a great writer and is very witty and observant. It’s a really fun read.

What was your favourite childhood game?
I wasn’t in to games so much. I used to get really frustrated, especially with board games. I tended to make things out of Meccano, which was far more satisfying.

Have you been to the cinema recently, what did you see and was it any good?
I went to see P.S. I Love You when it came out. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as it is targeted towards women, but I thought it was entertaining. Harry Conick Jr was in it and brought a bit of comic relief. I enjoyed the last Die Hard movie with Bruce Willis. It is high action and entertaining.

What section of the newspaper do you turn to first?
I dive into the middle pages then see what grabs my attention; this decides whether I go backwards of forwards.

What is your idea of a good night out?
If it is at all possible I would like to see a good band, lots of chats with friends and a few drinks. The last great band I saw was the Rolling Stones in Slane… magic.

Most embarrassing moment of your life?
I was singing a song to a group of friends when one of my teeth dropped out. I discreetly pushed it to one side, pretending nothing had happened and hoped no one noticed. I found out later that they all did.

Have you a favourite TV programme?
Dragon’s Den. I love to hear success stories from people who put a lot of work and energy into their ideas. It amazes me sometimes when people go on the show and they don’t have a clue about their business. It makes for good viewing though.

How do you relax?
Apart from friends, music chatting and walking the dogs, I enjoy travelling. There’s something very soothing about travelling and seeing new places

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
Originally I wanted to be an architect and still love good design now.

Where would you like to go for your holidays?
Anywhere with interesting architecture. It doesn’t have to be grand chateaus or cathedrals either. I was in the Loire valley recently and found the architecture of the small houses fascinating. The caves where the Troglodytes lived were amazing too. Some have been turned into luxury accommodation with BMW’s outside, which was a bit weird.

Your idea of heaven?
Drumming in a tight rock band playing in front of 2000 people.

Your idea of hell?

Living in a world without family and friends- it’s what life is all about.

What famous people would you invite around for dinner and why?
I would invite Elton John. He is witty and entertaining, Bruce Springsteen could make an appearance and I would also invite Van Morrison. Contrary to popular belief, he is supposed to be a bit of a laugh.

Favourite animal?
Dogs. I have two. Bruno, a colly and Kerry, a retriever named after Kerry Jolly the novelist.

What couldn’t you live without?
Being able to make things.

Biggest fear?
Running out of good conversation. I don’t think it will ever happen though, there is always someone else to pick it up.

Biggest thrill?
Going on white knuckle rides in theme parks like the “Big One” in Blackpool.

The world’s most irritating invention?
Mobile phones, especially in public places.

What is your idea of a good night in?
More or less the same as going out. Friends, food and music. In fact I prefer to be in my own home when I am socialising.

Do you have a hobby?
Cooking. I get ideas from recipes then make up my own variations.

Which period in history would you most like to have lived through?
Now. It’s as interesting as it’s ever been in history. There are massive advances in technology, communications and politics.

World’s most useful invention?
The telephone. It sounds a bit mundane but it keeps you in touch with home and loved ones.

What do you have for breakfast?
Tea and toast, sometimes lemon and lime marmalade and other times Marmite. Every one has an opinion on Marmite, you either love it or hate it, there’s nothing in between.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Be yourself and don’t put on airs or graces.

Personal philosophy?
Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. It’s a good base for politicians to start……

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