Time on my hands – Covid 19 part 3

From Monday 26th April, the studio will be open to visitors again but only by appointment to begin with. I would like to take it slowly after a year of so little face to face interaction, can’t take too much excitement all at once. Please do contact me beforehand if you’d like to visit. A…

3 months of lockdown on Skye

3 months of lockdown and I feel that my creativity has been lying fallow for most of that time. Despite the release from commitments and deadlines, my initial hopes of a period of fertile playing in the studio gathered dust.

Lockdown life on the Isle of Skye

Lockdown life on the Isle of Skye, doesn’t seem very different from life as normal.  At least not in the daily routines and pace of life. Meeting people for a blether doesn’t happen often in the best of times, we’re at the top of a steep road and gossip doesn’t flow uphill! The Postie still…

2018 – a year of milestones

Looking back over 2018 I realise that it has been a year of milestones in my pottery path.   Where my work is concerned I have spent many years in the mind set of ‘maybe one day’ – trying to protect myself against disappointment I suppose. It is ingrained in my psyche. For a few…

From the Isle of Skye to Venice

From one watery world to another, thanks to an obsession with clay. I am not long home from visiting Venice for the second time in my life. The first was 30 years ago with a friend from art school. I never forgot the experience. Silent waterways, Piazza San Marco flooded and empty, a gondolier singing…

Visiting Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018)

I had the priviledge to visit Kanzaki Shiho at his studio last November. Hearing that he passed away I want to share this. I visited Shigaraki for a day, 4 years ago and left dissatisfied – a wander around the cultural park with not a lot happening, and a sprawling, seemingly empty town. It was…