I trained as a potter at Gray’s School Of Art in Aberdeen before heading for the hills and working at Highland Stoneware in Lochinver and Ullapool.
I spent twelve happy years there developing my throwing and decorating skills, with occasional bits of research and development, trade fairs, and management thrown in.
Moving to Dalmeny on the outskirts of Edinburgh I started making my wee bogles by sheer chance.
I was throwing a small jar on the wheel for a commission and made a couple of knobs for the lid. I normally do this so I can get the right visual balance between the lid and the jar.
The remaining knob dried out and instead of recycling the clay, I painted a cat on it with black underglaze and popped it in the kiln. One of our friends saw the cat when it came out of the glaze firing and asked if I could make one for them.
So by sheer accident, two years later, the range has expanded and I’m having a thoroughly good time making and decorating bogles.
Each wee bogle is thrown on the wheel, hand decorated with black underglaze, then fired to 1100 degrees in an electric kiln. Each small pot is carefully thrown on the potter’s wheel, bisque fired, then coated in a cobalt and copper glaze to give a rich sheen.