Monday, 21 November 2011

Inspired by Garden Designers

 I had a great evening last week when a group from the Garden Designers Society came to my studio. I loved talking about art, gardens, plants and design and feel very excited about creating more work which will fit well in a garden setting. They had some great ideas and helpful thoughts which i will follow up. I also feel inspired to make some changes in my own garden, look at the planting schemes again, and include some of my own pieces of ceramic and concrete.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Reflection Exhibition at City Art Centre, Edinburgh

I have just installed around 200 small porcelain forms in glass cabinets as part of Reflection Exhibition , at City Art centre, Edinburgh, opening tomorrow, 19th Nov. Along with my studio colleagues, Rebecca Wilson and Frances Priest we are part of a show with over 20 artists and makers who have received grants from Edinburgh City Council in association with Creative Scotland.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

news autumn 2011

I have been quietly working away here at the studio over the last few months. I have been away on a few trips, including an inspiring and enjoyable visit to the London Design Festival, as well as a stint of civic duty on jury service.
Jewellery - new designs are now available , from Concrete Wardrobe and City Art Centre, Edinburgh and also Open Studios in December
Organic Ceramic Evening Classes - 2 blocks have been successfully completed, and final 3 week course to start next week ( fully booked) New spring dates to be announced shortly.
Open Studio - Coburg House Dec 3 and 4th, lots to see as usual
Threave Gardens - I had an interesting visit to the National Trust gardens near Dumfries recently and will be putting one of my large my concrete forms there in the new and developing sculpture garden being created there.
Conversations - I am having a series of interesting chats with garden designers, landscape architects about gardens, sculpture and design and really enjoying the interactions.
New Website - I am about to design a new website, with the help of Colin Usher, so that it reflects my current work and can be easily updated.
Reflection Exhibition at City Art Centre -  I am busy sanding and polishing 200+ small porcelain pieces as part of installation at exhibition which opens on 19th Nov of recipients of awards from Edinburgh Council arts awards.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

exhibition at New School House Gallery York

I have made new work related to talismans and collecting precious objects. there are wall mounted bone collections and porcelain bone fragments in origami map boxes for this exhibition in York, it's a lovely gallery near the city walls in a garden with a great italian deli/cafe next door.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Talk at Peter Potter Gallery this Friday 19th August, 6 to 7pm

I am giving a talk this friday, 19th August, 6 to 7pm, at the Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington, address is 10 The Sands, Haddington, EH41 3EY. This is during the 'Return to the Earth' exhibition which runs until 3rd September, which is part of the Lost Landscapes Programme running this year.
I will talk about the porcelain bone collection on display at the Gallery and also current developments in my work using eco friendlier concrete to produce larger pieces.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Autumn Term of Organic Ceramic Evening Classes

Coburg House Art Studios
organic ceramic
evening classes

Exciting ceramic classes, using hand building to produce a range of objects inspired by natural forms. Techniques include slab building, coils and more experimental ideas, including porcelain and paperclay.
This course is open to anyone, whatever your ability and experience with clay before. A small group ensures a relaxed and informative class. Plenty of tea and biscuits. Come and make some Xmas presents or something for yourself
All you need of basic materials are provided, and kiln firings are included in the cost.
Taught by Jenny Pope    website –

Organic Ceramic Evening Classes  - 8 week Block
Monday evenings 6.30pm to 9pm  
Mon 12 September to 31st October            £160 for 8 week block 

 Organic Ceramic Evening Classes - 4 week Blocks
Tuesday Evenings 6.30pm to 9pm  
Tue 13th September to 4th October                £80 for 4 week block
Tue 11th October to 1st November                 £80 for 4 week block

 Organic Ceramic Evening Classes - 3 week Blocks
630pm to 9pm
Mon - 14th November to 28th November    £60 for 3 week block
Tue - 15th November to 29th November     £60 for 3 week block

 Payment by Chq or BAC confirms place
For information and bookings please contact Jenny  at:
Coburg House Art Studios (Studio 12), 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ET
phone 07766332048     email –

Friday, 29 July 2011

Exhibition opening today at Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington
I have just installed 140 small porcelain bone related fragments on large shelving at Peter Potter Gallery, as part of the group show, 'Return to the Earth' exhibition opens today,
I am also giving a talk on 19th Aug , 6 to 7pm about the piece and my ideas and inspiration for my work.