Magpie {17}

Oval form decorated with natural ochres and raku/smokefired, by Kerstin Gren

All around me at the moment there are hundreds of makers, artists and galleries opening their studios for NEOS 2013. This is the second week of the three week extravaganza and I’m busily planning my next road trip, for Wednesday. A week ago I ventured up to the Banffshire coast to visit four potters. One of these was Kerstin Gren, who is originally from Helsingborg, Sweden. Her studio and gallery are in an idyllic part of Aberdeenshire, and as soon as I entered the building I knew I wasn’t going to be able to leave without one of her pieces. Everywhere I looked deceptively simple forms decorated with locally sourced pigments stared back at me. The trouble I had was in choosing which one.

KG1©julietmacleod2013 KG3©julietmacleod2013 KG2©julietmacleod2013

Hopefully by next year I’ll be good enough to exhibit alongside this year’s 322 participants.