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…