13 Bornais, South Uist HS8 5SA
I moved to South Uist in 1999. I love the remoteness and the abundance of wildlife. Nature is not yet tamed on South Uist, although as everywhere it is slowly in decline and endangered by global warming. I am inspired by the natural landscape, and am constantly intrigued by the natural resources that I can find and use as ingredients for glazes. Putting peat ash that comes from peat I have dug for winter warmth, from a bog that continues to grow, into glazes gives me great interest and a feeling of continuity with past potters (and crofters) who at one time only had local ingredients to use. I also find iron, and a clay slip glaze that I can collect on the shore.
Although my ceramic production may seem varied the inspiration is all drawn from the Western Isles. Whether it is my more functional pots, my sculpted birds or the larger thrown pieces, the line, curve and colour is inspired by my environment and feeds from one form to another.
My studio is open during Art on the Map.
I also sell from the Uist Craft Producers shop at the Kildonan Museum complex, South Uist.