Alice Buttress, a Ceramic Artist, Sculptress and Chainsaw Carver, works from her Studio/Gallery in Carrbridge in the Cairngorm National Park. She makes a diverse range of handbuilt and thrown pottery, sculpture and ceramic jewellery specialising in one-off pieces. She is also a Chainsaw Carver with seven years experience, and takes part annually in the Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championships. Her wood sculptures include owls, squirrels, baby bears, etc. which are carved with a chainsaw and finished with power tools.
She works in various clays; porcelain for the handmade jewellery, bowls and small cats; stoneware for small sculptures and a wide range of thrown and handbuilt pieces; crank for ceramic pictures, larger sculptures and a range of raku fired work. Her work is mainly decorative and encompasses both traditional and contemporary styles with inspiration from historic cultures, legend and her surroundings in the Scottish Highlands. She uses a traditional style for sculpting animals and portrait head and figure studies. Her work is fired in an electric kiln apart from the Raku pieces, which are gas fired outdoors with post firing reduction.
She accepts commissions for any aspect of her work, past commissions include a sculpted bust for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen', a small sculpture of Hamlet holding a skull, and a replica raku fired casket.
Year Established: 1992
Winner of Novice Cup in Scottish Chainsaw Carving Championship in 2005.
Shorlisted for Zelli Porcelain Award in 2009.
Won Kindrogan Pottery award 2010