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Game of Thrones prop maker to host open day at Belfast studio

Game of Thrones prop maker Helen Faulkner will host an open day this weekend at her east Belfast studio, giving visitors the chance to learn the art of pottery.

As part of August Craft Month, Helen is inviting people for pottery making demonstrations and mini 'have-a-go' sessions.

Game of Thrones fans can also view a range of props recently created by Helen for the award-winning hit TV series, which is mainly filmed in Northern Ireland.

Helen's successful business came from her passion for food, which led her to focus her design work on producing a range of high-quality items for use in the kitchen.

This led to her being asked to create props for Game of Thrones.

She explained: "I got a phone call out of the blue from the Game of Thrones set decorators, asking if I would be interested in making some of their props - I tried not to squeal too much.

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"It was brilliant to go down to the studios and see the kind of things they wanted me to make.

"I've made a range of tableware for them in a medieval style - and to see it on screen being used by the actors is fantastic."

Meadhbh McIlgorm from Craft NI is involved in organising the programme of events for August Craft Month.

She said: “We are noticing that more and more people are signing up to workshops to learn a new skill. There has been a resurge in making things again possibly as a reaction to our increasingly digital lives. August Craft Month is the perfect way to meet people with similar interests and learn from the best makers in Northern Ireland.”

The pottery open day will run at the Owen O’Cork Mill on Beersbridge Road, Belfast from 10.30am – 4pm on Saturday.

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