I founded Portsoy Pottery with Tom Burnett Stuart in 1971 and have been potter in
residence ever since. I’ve been very fortunate to have found Tom to work for - he
has given me a free reign to make whatever I’ve been inspired too, believing that
it will sell - he’s like a patron rather than an employer.
People are often envious of our location in the old harbour in Portsoy. It doesn’t
have to be idyllic sunny weather to give inspiration - it’s a special place when
it’s stormy too - you know your place when you watch the power of the sea everyday.
When I make something that’s really good, then I sit with it and analyse how I can
I’ve never made a pot that I’m ashamed of...well, if I did it never made it to the
kiln - it would have landed straight in the bin! The distinctive “special” pieces
that I make are all progressions that started with a simple idea and developed into
being “something more”...
Being with Fiona has made a difference to my work.... Someone on the same wavelength
as you, but who looks at your product with different eyes, can put you on a different
track with what you were doing with a piece - it helps to improve the question you
were trying to resolve by making the piece in the first place...