Ceri White

Juicily glazed earthenware houseplant vessels

Ceri is an art school trained and experienced ceramic artist, living and working in Dunning in rural Perthshire.

Now specialising in beautifully patterned and juicily glazed earthenware houseplant vessels, this is a relatively recent change of direction born of a desire to create small indoor gardens with ceramic pebbles and cactus/succulent pots. From there, Ceri has developed a range of similarly styled spice pots, yarn bowls, and now quirky, wobbly bottles and continues to be influenced by a set of hard-to-shake-off reaccuring motifs and doodles. Add to that a love and understanding of colour, more doodling, and your typical 1970’s suburban childhood with all the mad 50’s and 60’s gear that was still lying around at our granma’s houses then… and you have the creative workings of Ceri’s brain.

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The cactus pots began as pinch pots but are now mostly thrown on a potter’s wheel and decorated with black and white slips (liquid clays), over which are applied translucent glazes after a first ‘biscuit’ firing; after a second glaze firing the pots are complete. Every single piece is unique – each piece is decorated to best fit the individual shape – and Ceri employs just a few traditional techniques to produce a a confection of ceramic colour and pattern; colourful and stylish but fun….

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Interview with The Artists: Gillian Hunt

1)  Who are you and what do you do?
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I am a Photographic Artist i.e. I don’t do weddings, corporate etc rather I take artistic images of flora. To support the starving artist side of me I work alongside my Photographic Artist husband doing printing and framing for ourselves and contracts for other artists. I am also the Membership Secretary of Perthshire Open Studio and work with Fortigall Art on their SocialMedia. On the non creative side we also have a busy holiday cottage 🙂
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More recently I have been approached and signed up by an American Licensing Company. My first License was sold last week and it looks as though I may possibly have another sale in the pipeline.
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2) What is your process?
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My process is twofold. I spend many hours walking around where I live and photographing the flora. I did a four year study of the Rosebay Willow herb and produced a body or work called the Fairy Ballet. I also grow flowers from seeds as I get to build a relationship with them and buy growing plants from our local garden centre. The are all potted up and grown on our first floor decking. We have a wild wildlife area surrounding us and the rabbits, ducks a deer eat any plants I try to grow in the ‘grounds’.
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Each day in Spring Summer and Autumn I study the plants and the light – and when it feels right I spend hours taking images from many different angles with different lenses. I also introduce ‘other elements’ during the shoot to bring in the Enchanted Forest effect which is currently what I am working on. Once the images are taken I then choose the ones to go forward. I then spend many happy hours with my flowers in photoshop and with my drawing tablet. Once I am happy (and like all artists I struggle with ‘when do you stop’) they are printed. This year I am bringing in new elements to the printed work – to highlight the ‘glints’ you would see on the living flowers.
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3) If you walked into a shop/gallery and saw your work for the first time as a customer, how would you describe it?
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I would say my work is different, it has a ‘painted’ feel to it. The images are usually bright and colourful although some are more edgy and they do grab the attention. The images are there to provoke reaction and are not stock shots of flowers. I have had it said to me that I take Macro Flowers to a whole other level!!!
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4) Did you have a ‘non-creative’ life/career before doing what you do now and how did it compare?
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My working career includes working in a library, living and working in a hotel for a year in Scotland in the early 70’s – called the Ardeonaig Hotel. I came back to London after that and started my 15 year long career on the technical side in Broadcast Television. I worked in the edit suites of post production and also with the studios during the productions – I have a few tales to tell about celebrities. What happened in the studio didn’t stay in the studio it made it on to the Christmas tape!!! A tradition across TV. I loved working in TV until the money men got hold of it. I left when I was pregnant with our first child. I ran a children’s clothing company for a while, once both children were toddlers, selling seconds and end of lines at parties and play groups. The I pursued a writing career writing Children’s books and had some success. I also trained as a Reflexologist – practising for eight years..Then we moved to Scotland with the family and I stared my career letting out mine and other people’s holiday cottages. At the same time I did my Relexology. We are still doing renting out our cottage along side our creative careers. I did also train as a counsellor. I have a deep interest in mental and physical health. In the end though the creative side of me won.
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I LOVE what I do now and wouldn’t want to go back to anything I have done in the past.
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5) Apart from your hands, what is you favourite tool or material to work with?
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Obviously my camera. But I love the feel of paper and always work with textured papers. I also work with paint brushes, glitter and now crystals. Plus I love working with wood for my frames and the stains and waxes we mix and apply. I also love my drawing tablet and pen which is key in most of my work!
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6) Is there a different medium/method of art/craft that you’d like to give a go?
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I would love to be able to paint and draw, but despite the fact that I am told everyone can draw – I don’t feel I can.
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7) What visually inspires you?
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I am always drawn to bright colours of nature whether it is Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter. Oddly though when I working on my drawing tablet – I have specific films on in the background and that seems to inspire how my images grow.

Caron Ironside

‘Retro’ in a fresh and contemporary style

As a designer I’m inspired by anything and everything that catches my eye, my brain works in ‘pattern mode’ and designs are developing all the time from both what I see visually and what I discover by peeling back the layers of a subject I’m researching.

My textile designs encompass ‘retro’ in a fresh and contemporary style. Preferring the appeal of hand drawn designs I welcome the irregularities which appear in my patterns once screen printed by hand onto natural linen union fabric, creating a ‘rustic retro’ collection of homewares including cushions and lampshades.

Other collections feature a more painterly style playing with the unpredictability of how the paint reacts when designs are hand painted directly onto fabric, meaning that each design is truly unique.

Patterns and colour are simple yet striking, both complementing existing interiors or creating a feature piece, depending on how they are used. My designs are modern yet appear timeless and have a quirky nature which appeals to someone who enjoys creating an individual style.

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When creating new work, I feel it’s important to enjoy experimenting with new design developments and production techniques including digital printing, opening up the possibility of new designs and finished products, which means collections are constantly evolving.

Good quality raw materials and supplies are sourced from within the UK which combines the best of the handcrafted design process with modern technology.   I’m equally passionate about up cycling beautiful fabrics in interesting, alternative and desirable ways, and enjoy the challenge and unpredictability that up cycling presents.

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I also enjoy sharing what I’ve learned and run workshops which include simple lampshade making as well as slightly more involved workshops where participants create something truly unique either printing their own fabric or by using appliqué techniques to develop their own designs.

Pauline Muir

Decorative and Functional Forms

I have always been captivated by the infinite possibilities clay offers and the parallels between what we subject it to and our stewardship of the planet.

Mutual respect between material and maker can result in very beautiful decorative forms, perfectly functioning forms – or indeed both.

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I am not a purist in my work and I use many different types of clay and additional materials to achieve the desired result whether I am working on functional, decorative, architectural or sculptural forms.

I studied Ceramics at Glasgow School of Art as a mature student and loved every minute of it.

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Kirsty Dalton

Sculptural Pieces in Wood

Kirsty is a visual artist currently based in Scotland, that works in a range of methods and processes, currently focusing on combining traditional methods of wood-working with a contemporary process of pyrography. For her, making her work interactive is very important – She enjoys seeing audiences engage with the work she has created, which is why she works predominantly with natural materials and bold shapes. These entice the audience, and encourages them to feel the pieces. The burnt in patterns will bring the audience in closer, allowing the viewer to have a more personal experience.

 

Within her practice she has gained huge amounts of experience in conducting herself in large events and exhibitions whilst working in a variety of ways with the community. She has personally run workshops and done demonstrations with a variety of places and with people of all ages. She has two main lines of work outside her art practice; wood turning line ‘Primitive’ and scrap metal jewellery line ‘Relics’

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Primal is a new line of wooden sculptural works produced by artist Kirsty Dalton. They are based on traditional methods of hand carving and working in a primitive nature focusing on bold shapes with burnt in detail; which has all been done free hand. Kirsty Dalton’s work took a purely instinctive approach to creating this new line of work.

Kirsty worked in association with Dundee city council forestry section who donated the wood to go towards a bigger project of new sculptural works, some of which have been donated to Camperdown Park Dundee.

The wood used to create these works was ethical and locally sourced within Scotland. It was important to the artist for the wood to be sourced in an ethical way when working on it in such a large scale.

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Jenna McDonald

Unique Jewellery in Aluminium and Silver

I am the resident jeweller and owner of Tangled Up In Blue – Contemporary Craft Boutique & Studio which is situated in the beautiful surroundings of Strathearn, Perthshire.

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My love of colour is what drives my passion for contemporary jewellery design and I use this to create bold and vibrant collections of anodised aluminium and sterling silver jewellery.

My fascination with colour has come from a lifelong appreciation of our natural surroundings, from lush Scottish landscapes and tranquil seascapes to the vivid hues and patterns found in flora and fauna. Every individual piece can incorporate a spectrum of colours and effects, inspiring in the wearer a personal closeness to the elemental forms of nature.

Discovering a medium like aluminium has allowed me to explore the use of colour and form in a fun and experimental way. By using various anodising techniques I achieve multiple colour combinations, patterns and textures which has limitless possibilities and potential. Due to its lightweight and versatile qualities I can create statement pieces of jewellery which have presence and style whilst remaining comfortable to wear. I also combine silver in my designs which not only adds an element of preciousness but encourages further design developments and helps me express new creative possibilities.

Currently I am adapting my designs to incorporate more of a visual element from our natural world by using hand-drawn motifs of botanical images taken from my own sketches and photography. By applying ink directly onto the surface of the metal in a watercolour fashion, I can recreate my sketches on the metal in a loose and freehand manner, creating beautiful, ingrained designs, ready to be transformed into my next piece of unique jewellery.

Tangled Up In Blue Boutique & Studio, 16 East High Street, Crieff PH7 3AF

Telephone: 07581876914

Email: thomasandjenna@hotmail.com

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Morag Lloyds

Mixed Media in 3D

Morag has had a varied art background.

She trained in London in the 1970’s in display. Later after a move to the Medway Towns and a new life living on an old Thames Barge Morag started a fine art course at Chatham College in Kent with Jim Gunnel. After moving back up to Scotland in the early 80’s Morag started working freelance, returning to College to study Illustration Design and Fine Art.

Since then she has exhibited her work at the R.S.W  and the R.S.A.  She  has shown work with Flying Colours Gallery, Chelsea in New York and London and has exhibited widely around the UK.

This year she has a major show in Dartmouth and is also exhibiting in London, Dorset and Cambridge as well as Scotland in Edinburgh, Dunbar, Buchlyvie and several galleries west Coast of Scotland including Kirkcudbright.  Morag has her work published with Tartan 2CV and Natural Partners Art

Inspired by the many years sailing around the western Isles; the landscape, the stories of past generations and the wildlife, Morag started to experiment with working in 3d  with driftwood and wood offcuts and together with found items she has created her first collection of little harbours. Morag also works with vintage textiles creating one of a kind birds and she also makes jewellery from vintage and found /discarded pieces.

Morag will be showing all of the above work in a mini format at “in The Garden With Friends ”

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