Welcome, I am potter based in the north-east of Scotland, in the seaside town of Montrose, Angus.
Working in my garden studio since 2014, have been selling my work locally through craft markets and exhibitions since 2016 and in local shops since 2018. I hope that from these pages you get an idea of the pottery I make, inspired by the sea and landscapes around Montrose and Angus.
I make mainly functional pottery using stoneware clay, my main wheel is a manually powered original wooden Leach treadle wheel. I'm making a few upgrades though and early in 2021 I became the owner of a prized new to me Shimpo-T electric wheel which is handy for a number or reasons but i still use my Leach wheel for almost all my main white stoneware work. My current kiln is a very old front loading electric kiln, formerly used in the Montrose Pottery, but i'm hoping to have a recently obtained (much newer and new to me) kiln installed early in 2022.
I've been developing my work over the years with a focus on refining my functional tableware range in terms of form as well as glaze combinations which are largely inspired by the surrounding Angus coastal landscape. I continue to broaden my pottery knowledge with experience of alternative firing techniques etc. through workshops with the Scottish Potters Association and working with local pottery friends as well as my involvement in a wood firing group at a kiln built last year.
I teach pottery at the lovely space that is Springfield Creative Arts studio in Arbroath. Classes are available weekly with myself for beginners and intermediate level students and with Fran Marquis for whole days, weekends or a 5 day throw down on various dates throughout the year for students at all levels. Details can be found on the Classes page.
Covid restrictions permitting I'll be taking part in North East Open Studios (NEOS) again this year which runs from 10-18th September 2022.
At other times of the year you are welcome to visit me in the pottery, just get in touch to arrange an appointment.