I was given a wonderful opportunity to spend 3 months sabbatical at La Meridiana in Tuscany in Italy on a course called "On Centre". So I have developed new glazes, learnt new decorating techniques and improved my throwing skills and design ideas for my own work and to pass on to students. Come and see my new work from Tuscany or come on a course and learn to make lovely ceramic work yourself!
A young Austrian ceramicist, and trained teacher, Lena Butschek, who I met in Italy, is coming to work with me as an intern for 2 months from end April to mid June. So we will have her input to classes and courses too. We are lucky as she has experience of working in a Japanese pottery as well as doing the "On Centre" course for 3 months in Italy.
As I had hoped, the time away has given me a more international perspective on ceramics and the contacts to invite different ceramics teachers to inspire us here in Scotland!
Angus Open Studios May 26th - 30th 2016. (See exhibitions page)
My Work and Background
I work as a Ceramic Artist having studied at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and at normally I live and work in Arbroath, Angus, teaching and exhibiting ceramics around Scotland.
I was Chair of Angus Open Studios and initiated this organisation because I want to encourage visitors to come and appreciate the lovely craft and art in the Angus area. The open studios allow artists a designer-makers to sell directly to the public with the associated advantages to artist and buyer. I retired after 3 years in the role of Chair of the organisation but remain a strong supporter of the open studio method of selling and encouraging art experiences and sales.
Wellness Classes based on Capacitar Practices:
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World
Weekly Class at the Old & Abbey Church, West Abbey St., Arbroath, DD11 1EQ Thursday Mornings on-going for a £3 donation
These classes are on going on Thursday mornings 10.30 - 11.30 am run by Philippa Common and Fran Marquis. They will run until end June and then begin again in mid August - date to be confirmed.
Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, Tai Chi and Pal Dan Gum exercises to music so comfy clothes and shoes are advisable we may also do some breathing meditations.
Capacitar means "to empower" in Spanish. capacitar's mission is to teach Mind-Body-Spirit practices to empower healing, wholeness and peace both in the individual and in the world. See www.capacitarscotland.org for more information about the new training to start in Perthshire in October 2016.
I have worked with groups of teenagers and mental health groups as well as carers in Angus exploring how creative self-expression, meditation and relaxation can help cope with the stresses of life. We have used collage, painting, pastels as well as clay and visualisation to activate our creative imaginations to promote healing. During these courses we have had fun and they can provide ways for people, younger and older to activate their own wisdom to promote health!