My studio is situated in the far north of Scotland. It is a converted oatmeal mill perched on the east coast where the rugged coastline sweeps northward in a great arc from Latheron to Wick.
Caithness is uncomprimisingly Norse in its origins. Everything here looks towards the sea and the coast is bristling with hidden beauty. and the rocks themselves are a fabulously sedimentary, layers and layers of deposits piled up at precipitous angles and cut into but deep geos and bays.
The landscape is beguiling and forms the basis for my inspiration.
The Cave kiln was fired on Thursday. We got our little kiln very hot! The first cave reached 1300C at about 11pm, and by 1am we had the second cave up there too. At the start the kiln was still … Continue reading →
It’s been non stop at Northshore Pottery as we get even closer to the firing of the sculpture kiln. We have been lucky to have had the continued commitment of our army of helpers as well as a couple of … Continue reading →
We have had sun, rain, and giant midgies but dispite it all the kiln is growing thanks to the small army of helpers! Because of the rain and midgies we have moved the production of slops and the adobe making … Continue reading →
We’ve begun! Myself, the students, Amy Benzie and Brodie Birss and my son Max are busy on the prelimary parts of the kiln. The trickiest part of the kiln building is the arches. We’re building formers from bricks and clay, … Continue reading →
I am building another, more ambitious kiln out of clay, kelp and rushes this Summer. It will mark my 30th year of being a potter amd progress my sculpture techniques and the scope of my work. I would like to … Continue reading →
Kilns, Kilns and more Kilns. With summer upon us there is much on the horizon at Northshore Pottery, mainly to do with kilns and firing pots. Graduate student, Amy Benzie arrived yesterday for her summer placement, in time to witness … Continue reading →
Dear all With the Easter Holidays upon us, I have the studio fully open again to visitors, with new vessels out of the kiln or drying on shelves, waiting to be fired. I always enjoy the lull between Christmas and … Continue reading →