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My Collections

I live and work on the Isle of Skye, in the North West of Scotland. I have always preferred wilder more challenging landscapes and seascapes. The visible presence of the rock beneath the thin soils of the Highlands reminds me of the real substance of life, and how fragile the veneer. The textures of my work are here on a massive scale in the mountains, and it’s fundamentally the same material. So here, on the Isle of Skye, inspiration is all around me, under my feet and in my hands.

My motivation as an artist is to find my place in this.

These collections, Contour, Erosion and Midden, are distinct but connected, and are a continuation of my love of texture. I make mostly ceramic forms, bowls, jars, boxes, rather than direct representations of the landscape, because they are innately human vessels; they represent the human condition of surface and contents…

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

Date/Time Event
Emmanuel Cooper Prize 21/03/2019 - 30/04/2020

Emmanuel Cooper Prize

The Emmanuel Cooper award is given by The Craft Pottery Charitable Trust which was set up in 1991 under Emmanuel Cooper’s Chairmanship of the CPA to support educational activities associated with ceramic activity across the UK..
For the last 5 years, the Trust has invited a museum with a notable collection of contemporary ceramics to select a piece of work at Ceramic Art London which they would like to acquire for their permanent collection. The Trust buys the work from the potter using a bequest from the estate of the late Emmanuel Cooper and donates it to the museum.
This year the Victoria & Albert Museum was invited to make the choice.
The V&A is such an important place of history and reference. I am still coming to terms with the fact of having my work there. It is humbling and a huge honour to be a small part of the ancient story thread of humanity that is pottery.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Exhibition Row, London United Kingdom,
Potfest at the Palace - Scotland 07/06/2019 - 09/06/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Potfest at the Palace – Scotland

I am delighted to be taking part again as Potfest returns to the Perth area for its 23rd year in Scotland. This year’s show is once again Potfest at the Palace, in the wonderful grounds of Scone Palace, Perth.

Adults £5-50  (includes admission to gardens)
Accompanied children free. Free parking. Refreshments on site.

(Please be aware that many of the exhibitors are unable to process credit card transactions, and the nearest cash machines are two miles away in Perth).

By the way – Scone Palace is a Category A listed historic house. Built of red sandstone with a castellated roof, it is one of the finest examples of late Georgian Gothic style in the United Kingdom. It is the home of the Stone of Destiny, the crowning site of former Scottish kings and also houses the famous portrait of Dido Belle by David Martin.

Scone Palace, Scone, Perth United Kingdom,
10/08/2019 - 27/09/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Inverness Museum & Art gallery

Foyer Craft Gallery, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

I am delighted to be showing a collection of my ceramic work in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

 

Inverness Museum & Art Gallery,, Castle Wynd , Inverness United Kingdom,
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