Fran Marquis works as a Ceramic Artist having studied at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee (B.Des 2.1. in 2000) and Grays Faculty of Art & Design in Aberdeen (MFA 2006) where she also taught for 3 years. Now she lives and works in Arbroath, Angus, teaching, mainly from home and exhibiting ceramics around Scotland.
Fran has been a member of the Scottish Potters Association for over 23 years and has had different roles in this organisation including Newsletter Editor and Chair. She is now Exhibitions coordinator and is enjoying this role.
My Teaching Background
"I taught on the evening class programme at Grays Faculty of Art & Design at Robert Gordons University in Aberdeen. In Aberdeen I worked with White Space, with the City Council facilitating ceramics projects in schools and hospitals. However, since moving to Arbroath in Angus 11 years ago I have been teaching weekend, day and evening ceramic courses at home. I have also been working with Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust and have enjoyed facilitating ceramics in hospitals and in the community over 7 years. The groups I have worked with include people with dementia, those who have had strokes, people receiving palliative care in Perth and primary school children at Hayshead School in Arbroath.
I enjoy teaching adults and children and am happy to come out to specific groups to teach or demonstrate aspects of ceramic by request."
John Burness has been making art objects and sculptures for many years and began to use clay techniques about 7 years ago and has since made some beautiful work, mainly portraiture - people and animals, but also tea bowls, chawans, and other vessels inspitred by our visit with the Scottish Potters Association to Japan in 2017.
John has also worked with Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust on ceramic and printmaking projects with other artists. He has taught at Springfield Creative Arts for over 3 years.
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Irene Hughes has been teaching at Springfield since Spring 2016 and now works with John Burness to run the morning and evening classes. She has spent time at Angus College and has her own studio, wheel and kilns in Montrose where she makes her own work and sells through the Montrose Makers Market and other contexts. Irene's ceramic work has also been commissioned by local restaurants.
Photos to follow