Balnacra Arts & Pottery by Vicky Stonebridge

Moving Maps & summer scenes.

This is a pottery tile, map of the local area I made, back in 2003 (?) I still had my pottery studio set up back then, with a big kiln so I could handle larger projects and Big pots. The Map was the idea of Local Development Officer Kristine. It was done with input from community groups, including the school children who drew animals and plants, and the older generation people at the local Howard Doris centre.

The map has been on the wall at the Strathcarron Centre, post office and shop since it was made. But with the Post office now closed and the offices relocating, the map has made its way down to the Pinewood Cabin at the Smithy Community Hub. The Cabin is currently home to the “iGallery” a visitor information point and showcase for local Artists, Crafters and hobby craft makers. The exhibitors all pay a rental for their display spaces and take turns to staff the building throughout the summer months. The rental all goes back into the community pot to help purchase a local woodland. We hope to hear news about the woodland purchase by the end of the summer.
The Map is made with earthenware tiles, painted over with white clay and drawing into “scraffito” technique, these were coloured & fired with underglazes. The sea was made with melted left over glass stained glass shards, supplied by “shards-Stained Glass” up at Arrina, on the North Applecross coast. It was all fired to 1080C
Meanwhile. I added this week some more items to my table display in the iGallery.
this painting was exhibited in London as part of the “image Duplication” show. A re-appropriation of the Comic book images which the Pop artist Lichtenstein had copied and traced without any credit to the original artists. I chose to paint this drowning girl scene from a comic book cover by Tony Abruzzo.

I’ve also just made some tea cup candles, because, I had spare tea-cups, and wax. I made a melting pot from a tin can with a toothbrush handle.


a small raku bowl & necklace….


I’d blogged recently about the decluttering and clearing up going on. Cartoons will be following, but yes, i was literally knee deep in rubbish…

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But there are always adventures, between trying to work & trying to ‘sort my life out’.
a great crop of blae berries in a Moray forest.
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a viewing tower, in Culbin forest.
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Bruno cools down in a marshy lagoon, near culbin.SAM_2174 SAM_2176 SAM_2183 SAM_2193
Meanwhile, on teh west coast. I woke one morning with pains at 3.30am, so went for an wander out & about to see the summer night sky. A friend had been up watching the footie, and posted online photos the same time on the same night, the Inverness sky was vivid orange and red, the wisp I could see in the East was that. Great to see the same thing from different sides of the country.
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July is a bit of a turning point. The decluttering is nearly done, and the recluttering is happening next weekend, a whole new optimistic chapter starts…. more to follow !

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