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.
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 →
I will be leading this workshop as part of Northlands Creative Glass TAG programme, follow the link Northlands -TAG Ceramics workshop to book a place or contact through the Northlands Office if the would like to come along. Third Age … Continue reading →
‘Made. The exhibition of Caithness Contemporary Crafts has now travelled from Thurso to St Fergus Gallery in Wick where it is on until 7th January. There are 8 makers taking part including myself. Andrew bunn – Wood Alice Calder – … Continue reading →
The time has come to open the kiln. Carefully we peal away the layers. The walls the fall away nicely in their blocks as intended, but are crumbly on the outside where they have barely fired. The inside has … Continue reading →
I’m delighted beyond words with how the kiln-cairn performed yesterday. The temperature rose rapidly after an early start so I found myself reaching the expected temperature of 1050 degrees by early afternoon. Amy and I just kept firing to keep … Continue reading →
We’ve had two hard days of making slops, covering rushes and building walls. We have had midges, drizzle, sunshine and heavy showers. But, slowly the kiln progressed. It had found its personality and is looking on to stone rows … Continue reading →