Fran will have work in the 2016 Pop up 2 Gallery in Kirriemuir. It opens November 25th until 23rd December, at 7 Glengate, Kirriemuir DD8 4HD and features a mix of 17 artists and craftsmen with their new work for sale - lovely presents and well worth a peruse! Fran's new work will be there for the 2nd 2 weeks. 

Fran and John Burness also have a selection of ceramics in the studio-gallery at 4 Springfield Terrace, Arbroath, DD11 1EL Let us know if you want to visit. The gallery will also be open on a few specific days before Christmas - watch this space!!



raku lidded pot July 2014

I was lucky enough to spend 12 weeks in Spring 2016 at La Meridiana International Ceramic School 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.  

So, come on a course in Arbroath Scotland 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.

Pottery Weekly Courses on Wednesday morning and evenings from Jaunuary 11th 2017 and Tuesday afternoons from 10th January 2017 see classes page for more info.

Wellness Classes have been on-going every Thursday 10.30 a.m. - 11.30   These will resume on January 12th 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.

Wellness Away Day 23rd March at the Burn near Edzell in Angus. £25 per person including lunch and teas and coffees etc. Open to all who come to the Thursday class regularly or irregularly!

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 Edinburgh in May 2017.


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!  Please ask if you would like a pottery or wellness session tailored to specific groups.

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