Popping in Popping Up in Stockbridge (and Patriothall)

For those of you who know me personally, follow my angst about being a ‘real’ artist, and  in an art world where mosaics are deemed ‘craft’, I do have my moments when I like to push the buttons and create Art for Exhibitions.  However, I also think that there is a place for frivolous and affordable ‘art’, that brings joy to someone, be it as a gift or for oneself.

So on Wednesday, I hit both ends of the spectrum.  I kitted out my 1m x 2m section of a wall in a lovely shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with a variety of flowers, fish, Om’s and lighthouses…  all small mosaics on recycled slates.

Recycle Me Slates in Popping Up in Stockbridge

and then I helped install the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibition at Patriothall, on Hamilton Place.  My piece is entitled “Paolozzi’s Garden (Imagined)”, and depicts a bright garden (bright like a lot of Paolozzi’s mosaics were) with a sombre sculpture (sombre like a lot of his sculptures were)

Paolozzi's Garden (Imagined)

So from one extreme to another.

Back to Popping up in Stockbridge – what a lovely shop – enticing goodies to buy and really friendly staff, who are makers themselves.  So more at the quality ‘craft’ side of the shopping experience rather than a gallery, Popping up in Stockbridge is rammed to the gunnels with mosaics, lampshades, jewellery, upcycled furniture, cards and notebooks, prints and paintings… a shop with a wide selection to buy those gifts for… not yet ready for the C word!

so a few snaps that I took to show you what I mean!


Popping up is on Raeburn Place in Stockbridge – with opening hours 10 – 5.30.  You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.   My mosaics will be there until Wednesday 3rd October


And at the other end of the spectum, the Contemporary Mosaic Exhibiton is coming along a treat, showcasing work from BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaic). Opening on Saturday, there are over 40 different pieces of mosaic art.  I am always amazed at how different each persons work is, and what we use to create our mosaics, from traditional mosaic tiles and glass, to broken crockery (that’s me) and stones… all totally different.  And rarely seen together as a collective, so you can compare and contrast.  So two snapshots from Wednesday



Open from Saturday 23rd, 12 noon until 5pm, at Patriothall, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge

BAMM is a member organisation – visit their website if keen on mosaics


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RE-Blog from Perthshire Open Studios

The Green Route is a long linear route, extending over 46 miles along the A85, from Methven in the East to Crianlarich in the West. The biggest town is Crieff, yet the biggest cluster of Open Studios is in Comrie, highlighting the creative hub that is emerging in West Perthshire. Personally, I think it justifies…

via Out and about on the Green Route — Perthshire Open Studios

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And Up and Running

Draw breath, enjoy life, and relax

That is what I have been up to in the last week since the exhibition opened to great acclaim. The private view was hoochin’, a great turnout, with about 250 guests (guesstimate), and the carpark over-flowed onto the country lanes…

So to share some images of the exhibition, before it all kicked off, and my carefully curated room got peppered by red dots, and gaps in the display due to sales.

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The In the Garden with Friends exhibition is evolving as the first week has gone by, with artist’s bringing in ‘top ups’ of work, which I personally think keeps adding interest!

So we are about half-way through the exhibition, and here are some of the comments received so far:

“The exhibition is well worth a visit. So much local talent deserves plenty of attention from far and wide.”

“So much talent under one roof and reasonable prices for unique pieces of art. Loved my visit and my Ceri White purchases 💖🌻

“Went the other day xxfantastic!!”

“great venue and a great selection of talented people”

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Maria Nordgren

in forming the clay…

I have worked in clay most of my life, had my initial training in Sweden in the early 70s, but it was only when we arrived in Scotland 11 years ago I could start to work with pottery full time.

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I make mainly functional pots, all hand made in small series of unique pieces. My work is either thrown or hand built, in porcelain or stoneware and usually fired in an electric kiln. Some of my more recent work is fired in gas or wood fuelled kilns.

My main interest has always been in forming the clay and I still love to feel it take shape in my hands, changing from a solid, formless lump; seeing it gradually gaining structure, texture, function and character.

Carved clematis porcelain vase

For many years I have preferred the natural colours of clay, usually only glazing my pots on the inside for function and to create a lustrous contrast to the matt surface of the naked clay.

I have started to experiment with different firing techniques and I am especially fascinated by the glazes and textures made possible by reduction firing with gas and wood.

Photography by Shannon Tofts

Contact: 01828 632179

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Katharine Huggett

Felting, weaving, embroidery…

Katharine Huggett Feltmaker and Fabric Manipulator who lives in Blackford Perthshire. She is married with two grown up kids who have now flown the nest leaving her to further explore the world of fibre

Katharine has spent all her life “playing with textiles” and has tried her hand at many crafts before discovering feltmaking on Orkney which has remained an influence in many of the pieces she has made since. In 2009 Katharine gave up working as a Gymnastics Teacher and Swimming Coach to enable her to spend more time working with textiles. She Teaches workshops in a variety of subjects and her work can be seen at various forth coming events near her home. She contributed a number of the banners in the “Standards of Scottish Heritage” Exhibition which is currently on tour round the UK and well as a number of private commissions.

Embroidery is another one of Katharine’s favoured mediums and in recent years it has increasingly become her focus with her one of a kind items. She produces both large and small items that are totally unique, never to be repeated. The range of materials used in her sometimes quirky items is diverse and sometimes unexpected from coir to cotton and Shetland Wool to Shells.

Very aware of the damage humans do to the planet , Katharine uses reclaimed materials within her work. She can often be seen rummaging through boxes in charity shops and at the Remake Scrap store in Crieff. Her recycling also extends to making her own looms from bed frames!




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