About

Northshore Pottery is my studio, I welcome visitors, and  have a small gallery alonside my workshop. Whatever is current in my work is also on display and for sale in the gallery.

Although I work soley with clay, my output has a broad base. I studied Fine Art (sculpture) at Newcastle University in the 80’s, and then worked with Studio Potters in the Highlands of Scotland, before setting up my own studio in ’93.

Consequently I feel I have roots in both Fine Art and Studio Pottery and correspondingly there are two distict threads in my work. They are seperate but are brought together by the firing in my Soda firing technique.

Ariel

The Sculpture is abstract, it is about nature of clay and geological origins and it is about our own relationship with the earth. I look at structures within the landscape, and at geology, geometry and physics. I also gather alot of material that I find locally and incorporate it into the work.

My studio pottery is about form.  Although I am undoubtedly influenced by the landscape,  I am honing forms over years, changing them subtly to get them just as I want them. I am also always working on new glazes, trying to achieve the virbrant and rich colours found in the Caithness landscape.

I want the completed pieces to contain marks that are left behind by the making process, but the marks must also be vital to the asthetics and form. I also want to pieces to reflect in some way their wet state as they are when they are first lifted from the wheel.

The studio itself is a converted Oat Meal Mill, which also is our family home. The ground floor is dedicated to clay the upper floors are the house.

It is located on the far Northeastern Coast of the Scottish mainland as the cliff sweep Northward at Latheron, in a great arc towards the Caithness County Town of Wick.

The studio is open 10-5 Tuesdays to Saturdays from  1st April to Mid December

Curriculum vitae

1985      Graduated in Fine Art from Newcastle University. (Sculpture)

1987      Apprentice at Edinbane Pottery, Isle of Skye

1989       Production Thrower at John O’Groats Pottery

1993       Set up Ceramics Studio and Gallery in Latheron, Caithness

Recent Exhibitions and projects

2018       ‘Earth Ripples’ Solo Foyer Exhibition, Inverness Museum and Art

2018       Rob Donn Commemorative Exhibition, Mackay Country, Durness. Commission ‘The Roots of Rob Donn’

2018      ‘Northbound’ Touring Group exhibition, An Talla Solais Ullapool, Thurso, Shetland, Norway

2018       ‘Metamophic Forms’ Group exhibition, Timespan Art Gallery, Helmsdale

2018      ‘Open’ Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition, royal Academy Buildings, Edinburgh

2017      ’64 Moons’ Solo Exhibition, Kelvin College, Glasgow

2017       Visual Artists and Makers Award to build chambered sculpture kiln.

2016       ‘Fly’ Visual Art Scotland annual exhibition. Royal Academy Buildings, Edinburgh

Recent Posts

  1. Earth Ripples – Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Leave a reply
  2. Northbound/Nordegaende Leave a reply
  3. Open-VAS/SSA exhibition Royal Scottish Academy 2018 Leave a reply
  4. Exhibitions North and South Leave a reply
  5. We have lift off! Leave a reply
  6. The End is in Sight! Leave a reply
  7. The cave kiln is growing.. Leave a reply
  8. The Cave Kiln Gets Underway Leave a reply
  9. The Cave Kiln – An Invitation to Take Part Leave a reply