News: I will be at The Cooperage 22 Abbey Wall Rd in Pittenweem for Pittenweem Arts Festival 6th - 14th August

raku lidded pot July 2014


I, Fran Marquis, 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.

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 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 on Tuesday afternoons in September. To be confirmed.

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

For My Work and Background see Springfield Teachers Section

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

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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