Raku means pleasure enjoyment, and is the name given to this type of pottery.
Dawn Newbigging of Mersington Pottery makes a range of handmade stoneware pieces, ranging from contemporary shell and glass dishes, wave panels, and garden sculpture to decorative Hanging Hearts, which have been developed to form a new range of bowls and platters with an organic feel. Oxides, coloured slips, and velvets are used to colour drawn or imprinted flora detail on stoneware clay.
Dawn Youll's ceramic practice centres on the exploration of a personal landscape which she translates into ornamentally scaled ceramic sculptures.
Debbie Ryan is an established contemporary mosaic artist who specialises in contemporary mosaics, public art and project management.
Deborah MacVicar is an artist and Jewellery designer. She went back to the local secondary school as an adult, and later to Lews Castle College, and Moray College UHI. Graduating in October 2011 with a BA hons in fine art.
She has been selected for the New Contemporaries Exhibition in Edinburgh by the RSA in March 2012, where she will show her 'Performances in the Landscape', and is currently involved in an arts residency named the 'secret sea', being run by Taigh Chearsabhagh arts trust.
Line Mortensen - a Danish contemporary mosaic artist based in North Berwick, Scotland.
Earthen Images Pottery was established in 1990. The pottery produces a range of handmade sculptures, the main product being the "Methil Moggies", a lovable range of cats. Other products are dogs, pigs, sheep and a highly popular family of highland cattle consisting of Hamish Morag and Wee Eck.
All the sculptures are fired to stoneware temperatures and are suitable for outdoor and indoor display. The products are unglazed and when finished resemble sandstone in looks and texture.
Doon Valley Crafters is a Community Interest Company and specialises in heritage crafts, such as spinning and weaving our own materials for clothing and other uses.
I am interested in producing work from a narrative relating to the wearer. This allows me to produce a piece which is directly related to the wearer and is much more than just a decorative object.
We design and make ceramic tiles to commission quickly and efficiently, everything from a single tile to an entire wall. As professional makers since 1988 we have accumulated an understanding of ceramic methods and materials which is probably unrivalled in Scotland today.
Products: Handmade tiles, interior and exterior wall tiles, tile murals, unique installations, digital ceramic tiles, coloured glazes, lettering, landscape scenes, Aga panels and tile splashbacks, and fireplace tiles.