Photography: Shannon Tofts

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

Patricia Shone, Winner of the Emmanuel Cooper Prize at Ceramic Art London 2019, works selected for the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum

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,
Across Land & Sea 11/10/2019 - 20/10/2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Across Land & Sea

Circus Artspace,

Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills Building, Stephen’s Street, Inverness, IV2 3JP

“This exhibition (11-20 October) represents the coming together of three artists, spanning the Highlands and Islands, who share a common interest in elemental material and process. Through their work, each individually draws from the northern landscape and references their own notion of community and place.”

Shaun Fraser @shaun_fraser  Patricia Shone @patriciashoneceramics  Vivian Ross-Smith @vrosssmith

This has been a great chance for me to revisit some time based clay installation ideas from over the years. The effect of water on dry clay can be quite dramatic. These works gives a chance to see how structures disintegrate and change over time, water being the agent of that change. Also included are experiments with porcelain and newsprint creating pieces as fragile as memories.

CIRCUS is a collective of practising, professional artists and producers committed to making contemporary art accessible to a broader Highland audience as well as supporting recent art graduates from our area. We are all based in Inverness and work across many different disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and performance.

Inverness Creative Academy, Midmills Building, Stephen's Street, Inverness United Kingdom,
23/11/2019 - 24/11/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

York Ceramics Fair 2019

I’m looking forward to being part of this relatively new show on the pottery circuit. The Craft Potters Association and the Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery are joining together to present the York Ceramics Fair and the CoCA Day of Clay with events, workshops, talks, demonstrations and selling exhibitions.

It’s perfect timing for early Christmas planners but happily free from too much tinsel. Brown and crusty pots in abundance! And some porcelain too.

The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York, YO30 7DR


The Hospitium, Museum Gardens , York United Kingdom,
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