There has been lots of progress over the last weeks. Starting with gradually throwing rocks for the cairn walls – a few dozens every week of the Summer. Next, we had a workshop working with a wide range of ages: … Continue reading →
Loch Yarrows, Caithness will once again be the venue for a pre-history Festival celebrating the rich Archaeological Heritage of the area. It will take place on Saturaday 27th August. This year I have been asked provide a fiery feature in … Continue reading →
It was a pleasure last month to have a Foyer exhibition at St Fergus Gallery in Wick titled ‘The Colossus and other small things’. Charcoal and pen and ink drawings, a ceramic wall piece and a glass and drift wood … Continue reading →
Masterclass with Richard Slee at Northlands Creative Glass
I have just completed a wonderful masterclass in hot glass with very modern and celebrated ceramacist – Richard Slee. We were experimenting with Richards way of working, combining found objects or ready-mades, with ceramics or hot glass. Richard is a ceramic artist but in recent years has experimented with bringing into his work objects made of widely varying materials until very recently he has dispensed with ceramic material altogether. He has been working with the National centre for glass in Sunderland on a series of work using glass.
I was interested in this Masterclass as I saw it as an oportunity to think about objects in different ways and maybe find answers to sculptural conundrums.
Of course as a potter myself, I relied entirely upon the help of our fantastic technisons, Jim Maskrey and Vicky Higginson. Without there masterful glass making skills I would have made nothing at all.
Thanks to the material scientist who recently visited the pottery and took photos of the surface of my woven adobe shard. The microscope camera has taken a truly 3D image of the crawling, glazed surface. Thanks also for the name … Continue reading →
New tableware. Copper reds and greens I have been focusing on controlling the kiln atmoshere to affect the colour of the glaze. With a heavy reduction I can create a deep blood red, but by alowing oxygen to be sucked … Continue reading →
Time Shift Installation A starting point of ‘strands’ was the strong geometry of the coastal landscape, the uncomprimising veticality of the cliffs and the horizontal plane of the sea surface. the stratification of the rock gives emphasis to the geometry … Continue reading →