This week I have been mostly delivering pots to two Galleries in Scotland.
The first, The Gallery in the Wood at Calgary, on the Isle of Mull has a replenished supply of banded stoneware which went on display on Tuesday. Calgary is a lovely place to visit towards the northern end of the island, it boasts a sheltered niche of a bay in the rugged coastline flanked by basalt cliffs. The beach there has dazzling white sand on a sunny day and is a beautiful place to discover. Beneath an upturned wooden boat at the north end is the one concession to visiting tourists – Charlie’s Ice Cream Hut. Here you can get Isle of Mull ice cream, buckets and spades, and those little windmills on a stick. The road away from the shore leads to arguably the best cafe in the north west of anywhere, The Carthouse. Nestled amongst the converted buildings of Calgary Farm is an oasis of art and good food. Matthew and Julia Reade have created a place where people want to linger. In a purpose designed building Matthew has his workshop and above is the art gallery. This is where you can find Matthew’s wooden sculptures and where, I am pleased to say, my pots seem to sell very quickly.
Stop two was The Resipole Gallery which is on the shore of Loch Sunart, on the way to Ardnamurchan (Àird nam Murchan, ‘headland of the seals’). This place has a reputation for very good quality Fine Art painting. I am one of the few potters on their books, they sell the Raku sculpture I make. Andy Sinclair, the owner, makes beautiful paintings. Take a look at the website for proof of this. There is a good display of local artists on at the moment with paintings of local landscapes featuring heavily – and why not? it all looks beautiful round here.
Both these places are well worth a visit the next time you’re in the Western Highlands. Fare prices on the Ferries to the Inner Hebrides have actually gone down this year thanks to the implementation of a new system which calculates the price of a journey from its distance in sea miles. A return journey to the Isles of Mull Oban to Craignure, with a car has gone down from over £100 last year to under £40, including driver and a passenger! so what are you waiting for?
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