Since the summer I’ve been working with the very talented poet Catriona Yule on a collaboration involving our shared passion for the North East of Scotland and it’s fishing folklore.

Lobster Pots

Portsoy Lobster Pots

We’ve explored the villages of Stonehaven, Montrose, Arbroath, Crovie, Pennan, Gardenstown and Portsoy to name a few.  All beautifully atmospheric places with masses of history and sites to see (including some lovely tea rooms!).  Early on in our discussions we found out that we had a common interest in the poet George Mackay Brown and painter Joan Eadbury.  Both artists, who were inspired by the sea and the people of Highlands and Islands and the North East of Scotland.

Crovie Village

Crovie village can only be accessed by foot

Over the next few months I’ll blog about the work I’m developing and the exciting event we are planning Spring/Summer 2012 to share Catriona’s poetry, my ceramics and a number of other artists’ work, inspired by this brilliant collaboration.

If any of your female relatives worked in the fishing industry in the North-East of Scotland or were Herring Lassies  in 1900–1920, we would love to hear from you! Please e-mail


6 thoughts on “collaboration

    • The whole of the North East of Scotland’s coast is amazing, I particularly like Portsoy and Crovie where these images come from. The top image has helped to inspire my selection of colours and ideas about the textures and shapes I want to include in my ceramics. I’d love to live there so long as my house was watertight and had lots of lovely heating! It can get really wild facing towards the cold North Easterly winds, brrrr.

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