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,
Inverness Museum & Art gallery 06/08/2019 - 28/09/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Inverness Museum & Art gallery

Textures of a Land

Foyer Craft Gallery, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

I am delighted to be showing a collection of Erosion vessels in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

These vessels are inspired by the textures I see around me in the landscape of the Isle of Skye and the Highlands.


Inverness Museum & Art Gallery,, Castle Wynd , Inverness United Kingdom,
Ways of Being 01/09/2019 - 13/10/2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Ways of Being

Six of the UK’s leading female ceramicists – one unique show

Wendy Lawrence, Helen Michie, Patricia Shone, Tricia Thom, Michelle Young-Hares, Maggie Zerafa

Celebrating the diversity of thought and technique in contemporary ceramics today.


Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery, Loch Sunart, Acharacle United Kingdom,
14/09/2019 - 12/10/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Art of Gathering – the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives

The exhibition, The Art of Gathering, will bring together artists and makers who use ‘gathering’ as an integral part of their practice.

àite cruinneachaidh – gathering place (Scots Gaelic)

Gathering is such an evocative notion, especially here in the Highlands. Gathering together often meant walking many miles on narrow tracks. My journey has been more of a gathering of myself and what is important to me, and ultimately finding my place in the world. Working with clay, knowing the processes and history of the material and its domestic uses always brings me back to how it connects human beings, how it gathers us together in a common humanity.

The show also includes a local painter from Newlyn, Michael Porter showing his exquiste ‘Dirt Series’, the studio collective Forest and Found – naturally dyed applique textiles by Abigail Booth and wood vessels by Max Bainbridge (they have been selected this year for the Jerwood Makers prize ), silversmith Stuart Cairns and the Irish basketmaker Joe Hogan (finalist in the Loewe Foundation Craft prize 2018).
The New Craftsman Gallery, 24 Fore St, Saint Ives United Kingdom,
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