Skye’s landscape undergoes fundamental natural changes as a result of climatic and geological processes. Changes made by human activities such as settlement and agriculture are scratched on its surface.
One particular feature of human activity on Skye that captures my imagination and provides inspiration for my collection of the same name, is the midden.
Often found in close proximity to a collapsed dyke, or ancient field boundary, an exposed midden may still reveal the remains of crockery and glassware.
These broken containers, upturned, partially hidden and weathered by the elements hold the secrets and the memories of the people who discarded them – here is the link to previous inhabitants – our continuing human need for containers.
Making some functional ware keeps me rooted as a potter, and connected to the reality of lives lived in a hard landscape.