My Stonehaven collection is inspired by rocks at Stonehaven Beach on the coastal trail between Aberdeen and Dundee. I created and designed this collection while I was in my fourth year at Grays School of Art. Stonehaven was a place I regularly visited when at university. When I was looking for a subject to base my final year project on I struggled at first. So I took myself out of the studio and started to drive down the coastal route between Aberdeen and Dundee and stopped off at Stonehaven first. I started studying natural objects such as stones, seaweed, shells and anything you could pick up on the beach front.
The beach is full of rocks, pebbles and sea glass all of various colours and shapes. It was somewhere I would go to take rubbings, colour samples and textures. I would walk up and down the beach front photographing stones, the sea and the beautiful surroundings.
The shapes and textures of the various amounts of stones I photographed fascinated me, I aspired to try and make a ceramic pieces inspired by stones and their surroundings. Doing many tests and trials, I came up with a way in which I can replicate the exact stone I find and I am able to retain the organic shape and texture onto my ceramic piece.
Within the Stonehaven collection I have a Plate, Bowl, smaller plate and two soap-dishes. I aim to go back to the locations that inspired me at University and to continue expanding my collections, taking some out and replacing with new and fresh ideas.
Each piece is hand pressed by myself, creating a completely unique and natural form. Not one piece is identical and marks of the process can be different on each piece.
With any of the Stonehaven collection pieces a postcard will be sent explaining a little about my process and the place it is inspired by.