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On a warm spring day I like to open the studio doors and get busy with my ceramic paints and pencils. As the surrounding verges, fields and wooded walks began to explode into life, and my own front lawn turns into a meadow of buttercups, daisies, harebells and wild orchids, I try  to capture the joy of simple forms and primary colours while they last.

By contrast, on the ( too many!) grey dreich days I can always find interest in Orkney's geology. A hunt down along the low lying rocks at Ness point, Marwick, Walkmill Bay or the magnificent Rackwick in Hoy always yields fresh layers and subtle colours to explore.

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