Setting up ‘the line and the circle’

North East Open Studios 2013…. is almost here….today was setting up the exhibition! Only one more day until the opening.

20130905-174349.jpgthis is the space i will be exhibiting in, it is huge!

20130905-174507.jpgsomething i thought might take, at most, a couple of hours took four. Setting up a solo show has been a new experience, it has been a long time in the making, starting the collaboration with Catriona in the summer last year and a residency in October 2012 at the Salmon Bothy.


i love that the zulu sail matches the iron oxide paint of the salmon bothy windows20130905-175452.jpg
and my image and illustrations match the NEOS catalogue colours
Finally the hard work of ideas, inspiration, researching, drawing, developing, making, preparing the paper, printing, drying, framing, delivering, hanging, presenting, marketing and exhibiting finally come together


The line and the circle

A project I started about a year ago is building momentum and tonight we were interviewed on a local radio station.

The background to the project can be found here

And the radio recording found here

20130831-222428.jpg arrival at SHMU FM, in time for the show this evening.

20130831-222521.jpg being greeted by the hosts and waiting in the green room for the earlier show to finish.

20130831-222612.jpgHowarth and Ian getting ready to start the show. 20 seconds…..5…4…3…*…*…mike live

20130831-222756.jpgMark updating facebook during the show at the same time as asking questions, fielding comments and questions from listeners.

20130831-223035.jpgCatriona waiting to perform her poetry, introduce her music choices and discuss our collaboration.

20130831-223147.jpgRitchie and colin, groupies/hecklers and photographers chilling on the studio sofa.

A brilliant time, hope you like the show, you can listen here

The exhibition opens with an event on 6th September 2013, at the Portsoy Salmon Bothy, more information and dates to follow.

Guardia sanframondi, campania, italy

Well, im here and working already!


Although it is difficult when the weather and scenery are so beautiful. Here is my studio for the next couple of weeks….


Ill be sharing this space with two other artists, Helena Wadsley from Canada and an artist from the netherlands who arrives later this week.


The studio and apartments are based in the centuro historico, of guardia sanframondi, 17th century buildings which are being redeveloped into beautiful residencies for artists and travellers from all over the world. Ive had a busy weekend already with pot luck welcome dinner, exhibition opening in the town and three brilliant walks taking in the colours of Guardia. i’ll post updates here as i go along.

Ciao, ciao xx

Once More for Greenland We are Bound

Moku hanga for The Pinning Stones

I’ve been a wee bit busy over the past few months….my apologies for lack of blogging, i hope you understand and i plan to get a chance for some updates over the next week or so.  (Links below to follow)

walking the length of the river deveron (95km) conducting a cultural survey on behalf of Deveron Arts

producing moku hanga for the Royal Scottish Academy,Edinburgh

experimenting with printing techniques and natural glazes, slips and clays at Scottish Sculpture Workshop

making bonsai planters for an exhibition in London

preparing for an exhibition in Portsoy Salmon Bothy in September

embarking on a new collaborative project with poet Donald S Murray for Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh Printmakers

helped out on an archaeological dig

and helped at the Rhynie Woman Project with artists Debbie beeson and daisy Williamson, bridging the community with an archaeological dig in Rhynie

getting ready for an artist in residence project in Italy and

working with francoise materasso, on illustrations for The Pinning Stones publication, hes given a brief update on it in this blog

Once More for Greenland We are Bound.

From 2D to 3D

While i’m waiting for the kiln to cool, I’ve been thinking about how to transfer my interpretation of the poems into three dimensions. I have so many choices…..the narrative, the characters, the objects, emotions and relationships.

Through the wood block prints i aim to distill the emotions, characters and the context of the poems into visual haiku, capturing my interpretation of Catriona’s poetry into a two dimensional world which is 15cm x 15cm square.

20130913-203947.jpgI inhale your breath, visual haiku of Catriona Yule’s poem The Unborn Child.

My next challenge is to transfer the poetry into three dimensions. What do I focus on? How do I get the message across? So many choices.

I’m interested in the way that poetry takes on a new life when the poet finishes the work. That when people read or listen to it being performed a new relationship develops between the poem and the reader. I like to maintain this in my wood cuts and ceramics. Catriona’s poetry is full of movement, it is about a stormy night, with the wind, weather and waves being additional characters in the scenes. There is a theatrical element to the event where you’re both the viewer and the viewed.

Tension, movement and relationships are words that keep coming to mind when I read the poems. Great starting points for new work. However, all this will have to wait until I get access to a pottery, for now these ideas will have to stay on the page. Until, the next time we meet, farewell clay.