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High-fired, medium stoneware bowl, by Susan Duncan

I mentioned a while ago that I bought two things from Susan Duncan last summer when I visited her studio in Lochcarron, on the west coast of Scotland. This is the second bowl, and it is difficult to do it justice in a photograph. The way the deep blue glaze breaks to black over the rim and throwing lines is spectacular. I’m now wishing I bought two of them.


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High-fired, small porcelain bowl, by
Susan Duncan

In May 2013 we visited Wester Ross to stay in a friend’s cottage. It was a landmark time for me… Earlier that spring I had finished a short course of evening classes in ceramics at Gray’s School of Art, and had taken the decision to invest in my first wheel. It was also when I started writing this blog.

During our week’s stay I met Susan Duncan, a potter who lives in Lochcarron. We had a wonderful chat about me starting out as a potter and I got to look over her work and studio. She was generous with her time and advice, and last week I had the chance to visit her again and thank her. I bought two bowls… one porcelain and one stoneware. I’ll post about the second one another time.

Thank you II

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Last week I reached 500 likes, which feels like a big milestone for me. Once again I want to say thank you to all of my followers who have taken the time to read my blog over the last five months. Your constructive and supportive comments are much appreciated.

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Stoneware fruit bowl by Rob Teago, Carron Pottery

Last Easter we borrowed a friend’s cottage in Sheildaig, Wester Ross. It’s a particularly beautiful part of the world and unsurprisingly, as a result there is a thriving artistic community. We spent many glorious days on adventures around the local coastline and mountains, interspersed with delicious ice creams and hot chocolate from Nanny’s (the village café with the best view). I managed to come away without spending much money but couldn’t resist this beautiful bowl. It’s glaze is made with local marine clay and is complimented perfectly by the bronze rim.