New for 2021!
Finally able to restart classes- looking forward to honouring the pre-booked and paid for lessons from 2020, seeing new students, and welcoming back familar faces! I thought I'd let you see my most recent pot and update you with a few things I've been up to in the last year.
This coiled pot was made in response to being lent this lovely small portable kickwheel, The Gogo, made by engineer Juan Carlos ( potterykickwheel.com) from Edinburgh. The last time I worked in this technique was in Orkney, with hand-dug clay fortified with broken shells and bits of old rubble and straw, as part of ongoing research into native neolithic pots run by Andrew Appleby at Fursbreck Pottery in Harray. The recent experience was far easier on the hands, and a bit more comfortable! I did use slightly grogged clay, but it was all a very smooth and enjoyable process- 20 lbs divided into 47 coils of varying lengths, taking twelve hours over four days so a completely different experience to throwing on the wheel where you are working to the rhythm of the electric foot pedal. I hope some of my pupils will be interested in this method of making, though perhaps not using so much clay!
Other news: I was very happy to be awarded a grant from Creative Scotland and CABN earlier this year in order to purchase equipment and develop new work. Together with my own input I have been able to purchase a table top wheel for demo purposes and to give more flexibility in my lessons, as well as a raku kiln. I will be using all these means toward an exhibition next year which will reflect my emotional, physical and philosophical journey during the pandemic.
I was also certainly boosted by a commission to design and make the tableware for The Night Safe which opened in Hawick during a lull in covid restrictions last year. A brave venture, and so far I haven't had any complaints about broken plates!
Finally, I've been out and about trying to build up awareness of my work- selling and demonstrating in the glorious setting of Woodside Garden Centre's Mini Fests over the summer alongside Tinnisburn Plants and Half a Hedgerow, driving up to Scone Palace in Perth for the Scottish Potfest, exhibiting for a month at Crafters in Melrose which is a lovely showcase for the craft co-operative who run it and guests like myself, and reaching out to various galleries, including the new Creative Borders cafe in Galashiels, and the Textile Towerhouse near the Heart of Hawick. So hopefully my work will be more widely available to buy soon. I am also experimenting with opening a Shopify site but as I always think it best to see and touch before you buy, I won't be stocking this with very much, preferring to sell in the real world rather than the virtual one.