View Image Gallery Patricia Shone(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1471 844321 Email: Web: www.patriciashone.co.uk
This powerful landscape influences my work; there are traces of the land in the materials I use. The inherent textures of clay as it is stretched and pushed echo the textures in the hills. Traces of the past are drawn all over the landscape and stand as monuments to the communities who worked the land. I find this deeply moving and am aware of a connection by walking the same paths.
The views are immense. There is a sense of being completely immersed in landscape with little middle ground to focus on until one sees the close up detail; jewel-like colours of mosses and lichens, the absolute darkness of a peat bank. These two elements, monumental mass and close detail, which texture my work are as a result of living here; like taking a stone in my hands and feeling the form and weight of the mountain in it. Sometimes this takes a functional form, of a jug or a bowl passed from hand to hand, sometimes it is pebble-like, to be held.
I have a small wood fired kiln in the garden which I fire with off-cuts of timber from a local saw mill. The firing cycle takes, on average, 15 hours of continual stoking. I use a small amount of soda in the firing, introduced through the fire box, for some sheen and sparkle on the unglazed areas of the pots.
The process is very peaceful, one has to concentrate on the stoking without distraction. There is time for contemplation and gazing at the views but not for too long before the kiln requires the next feed of dry wood.
This firing process produces surfaces of warmth, beauty and vitality which reveal their subtleties over time.
Current Work and Availability
Hand built and thrown, raku fired earthenware and wood fired stoneware.
Specialises in naked raku and fast wood firing with local timber and some soda (for about 15 hours).
- Studied at Central School of Art, London.
2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, selected for Scotland in the guest country programme.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Cnoc an Eorna, 17 Calgarry , Ardvasar, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV45 8RU.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1471 844321
Availability: Pass through Ardvasar village, take first right after large sheds. continue to top of road keeping right.
Visitors are very welcome at the studio but please phone before arriving as I may be out!
Joined on: 2012-01-22
Events featuring this potter
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2013