raku lidded pot July 2014


I am preparing for Pittenweem Arts Festival 6th - 14th August and hope you can come and visit me at The Cooperage, 22 Abbey Wall Road in Pittenweem, Fife.

I think opening times are 11.00 - 5.00pm but possibley open a little earlier.

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!

As I had hoped, the time away has given me a more international perspective on ceramics and the contacts to invite various different ceramics teachers to inspire us here in Scotland!  We have already had a young Austrian intern Lena Butschek working here for 7 weeks bringing different ideas and skills.

Next Pottery Weekend: June 25th & 26th Throw Down and Let Go - just 4 students have the opportunity to learn intensively on the wheel. (Fully Booked but if you are interested please ask, there may be another planned).

Raku Days 21st and 28th August, Making the first sunday and glazing the 2nd sunday also raku firing on the day with participant involvement.

Pottery Weekly Courses on Wednesday morning and evenings from 20th April 2016 through to end June - just 2 weeks left! Classes will resume in August from Tuesday morning 17th with Irene Hughes, and an evening class with Fran Marquis will begin on Thursday 19th August, John Burness may run an afternoon class in sculpture in September. To be confirmed.

Wellness Class on-going every Thursday 10.30 a.m. - 11.30 until end June 2016 and run by Philippa Common or Fran Marquis at the Old and Abbey Church in Arbroath. These will resume on August 11th.

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 11th August.  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.


Groups with Specific Needs - Wellness & Creativity Combined

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!

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