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…

4 years later – Hagi yaki

I was full of good intentions to resurrect this blog on the return visit to Japan. The blogging didn’t happen but the Japan trip did, in November for 3 fabulous weeks with two potter friends who were also with me the first time. Non Potting Partner declined to come with us, a wise decision on…

3TREESceramics, Den Haag, Netherlands

on the 21 May //17:30 opening exhibition of 3TREESceramics GALLERY LABS & LOUNGE EXHIBITION~ PATRICIA SHONE, Scottish ceramist showing her raku fired work EXHIBITION 3TREES new works:: Joris-Jan Bos //Victoria Goodwin Eat & Drink Music by Marialuisa Capurso & Arvind Ganga Ceramic Auction presented by Firma Mes (Daan & Roos) & Roel Goudsmit The exhibition…

Landscape : Islands, Brighton

Landscape : Islands an exploration in contemporary ceramics and sound An exhibition of contemporary ceramic art displayed in the extraordinary context of The Ceramic House. Landscape : Islands, curated by artist Kay Aplin, is part of Artists Open Houses (AOH) during the Brighton Festival 2016. Exhibiting artists:  Patricia Shone, Paul Scott, Delfina Emmanuel, Carolyn Genders, Charlotte Thorup, Owen Quinlan, Anne-Marie…

Buying pots, continued

We fell out of the gallery Toko with our purchases, like drunkards looking for the another bar, which happened to be on the other side of the road in the form of Moegi, another gallery. A modern building on three floors with a central atrium surrounding a maple tree, just beginning to turn in colour.…

Mashiko, 12&13 Nov. part 1

We arrived in the early afternoon after a 3 hour 3 train journey from Tokyo. You know you’ve arrived in Mashiko by the presence of an enormous pot standing at the station. Took a taxi to the hotel to drop off the luggage, then into town to be deposited at the feet of a giant…