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I returned to making ceramics when I moved to the Isle of Skye 20 years ago. I decided to stop making functional earthenware to concentrate on sculptural work. The pieces are inspired by the geology and erosion of the Highlands and the effect of people on the surface of the land.
The remoteness of the place, its inhospitable landscape and climate, the scale and majesty of the hills all resonate with people. In a world where nature is cowed and overwhelmed by human presence, this is a place where we can still feel insignificant. In my work, I try to give a sense of that - the forces of nature, spontaneously formed textures, the unpredictable firing techniques, the acceptance of successes and failures.
Each unique piece is made by hand building, texturing, stretching and carving. Colours are achieved using slips, oxides and glazes but most of all by the firing processes; raku firing for soft earthenware blacks and greys; wood firing for warm earth tones and glazed stoneware; saggar firing within the wood kiln for dark greys and glazed stoneware. This gives a wide range of textures and densities of ceramic surface and body, reflecting the geology under our feet.
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