Helen produces unique ceramic figures, whimsical and dreamlike in their use of facial expression, body language and occasional narrative in wall sconces, candlesticks, bowls, boxes and decorative pieces.
She is inspired by Victorian Staffordshire figures, Mexican and North American folk art. All the work is handmodelled in earthenware clay with underglaze decoration and transparent matt and satin glazes and gold leaf.
Helena's work is inspired by absorbing and observing the ever changing light, moods and weather on the beautiful Isle of Skye where she lives.
Helena reflects on Skye’s coastal landscapes in her textile pieces which are made from hand-dyed threads and beach-combed driftwood that she has found and delicately shaped. Helena hand-colours thread to create her own subtle palette of shimmering tones, then carefully wraps them around selected pieces of driftwood to build unique panels. Each piece aims to evoke, in essence, the presence of the sea, natural rhythms, tides, shorelines and seasons which surround Helena and infuse her work. The finished pieces harmonise lustre and matte qualities. They are instinctive, restrained and precise, being drawn from the sea, both physically and imaginatively.
New multi purpose live/work arts studio in the Scottish Borders, for short lets in a unique location.
Suitable for painters, musicians, writers, poets and performance artists, for creative breaks or as a venue for workshops.
40mins. south of Edinburgh, easy to access from north and south of the country.
Partial Disabled Access
The School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels delivers degree programmes in Textile Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Marketing and Retailing and Fashion Technology
Highland Stoneware produces a vast range of distinctive pottery at its workshops in Lochinver and Ullapool. Everything is handmade and freehand painted by our skilled craftspeople.
Silkworm Gallery specialises in hand-painted silk pictures both framed and unframed. Also, scarves, boxes, brooches, cards, suncatchers and much more; all in beautiful jewel-like colours.
Set in the beautiful Scottish Borders the Hirsel Craft Centre has a gallery alongside art and craft workshops, tearooms, children’s playground, museum and country walks.
Iain makes quality handmade furniture, free standing or fitted; he served his apprenticeship at British shipbuilders and has been making furniture and joinery work since then. He works mainly with hardwoods of all variety, and likes to work closely with the client to achieve that wonderful end product.
Practical Domestic Stoneware Pottery:- Mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, vases and baking dishes. Piggy banks, birds and buildings to commission.
Pit-Fired Ware (Time Tablets):- Using local clays to create decorative pieces which are wrapped in straw, oats, barley or bracken. The pit-kiln smothers and traps the ash 'flashing' new patterns on to the clay. The unpredictable effects of the firing makes each piece unique.
Unique pieces of sculpture and furniture are produced by Ian Hunter from figured native woods including sycamore, ash, elm and yew.