Archie is originally from Rothesay but has lived in Paisley for the last 20 years. He was originally a TV Engineer but then went on to study holistic therapies and then furniture design at James Watt College. Archie has been making various pieces in wood for about 40 years now and, currently, spends a lot of his working time between picture framing and woodworking, making clocks and mirrors that he hopes reflects his love of the Art and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
CHRIS & MICHAELA GOAN
Chris and Michaela work together to create things from clay and driftwood, usually incorporating their own original poetry. They love to create simple beautiful pieces inspired by landscapes, light and life. They work in their garden studios on the Cowal peninsula, between the Clyde and Argyll Forest - Chris is a writer and poet and Michaela a ceramic artist and together they create something unique. Chris has had much poetry published and is currently working on a novel. Together they had their first 'solo' exhibition - Where the Streams Come From' - at Tighnabruaich Gallery in 2018 and have taken part in many joint exhibitions since. They sell online and in galleries across the UK including the Seagull Gallery and say they are thankful for our support as they have developed their ideas and products over the last few years.
GILLIAN GREER PARK
Gillian is a Fine Art graduate of Glasgow School of Art, having specialised in Drawing and Painting. She was born in Thurso and she moved with her family to Gourock when she was eight years old. She currently lives in Greenock.
Gillian spent a very happy 34 years as a secondary school teacher before retiring to concentrate on her own work, although she continues to teach adult classes locally, purely for enjoyment.
As well as local scenery, she has a long association with the area around the Crinan Canal in Argyllshire which features regularly in her work.
A love of the Scottish Colourist movement informs much of Gillian’s still life work and she has a fondness for painting the reflective and jewel-like qualities of glassware.
Gillian enjoys portraiture and has been inspired by time spent behind the scenes at amateur theatre productions. Figurative pieces show actors ‘in the wings’ where the contrast of dark and light is often very dramatic. She has also completed some commissions using images from live musical events.
Her most recent work is inspired by nature and her own garden. Water lilies, irises and their reflections are a great source of inspiration
Helen has been making jewellery for many years and studied at Loughborough College of Art from 1975 to 1978 to gain her degree in Three-Dimensional Design and she has been making jewellery ever since.
She worked from home whilst her children were growing up and sold her jewellery mainly through Craft Fairs all over the Country and, more recently, from her shop in Brixworth, Northampton which she had for 14 years. However, as time went on Helen decided to slow down, so she closed her shop and moved to Scotland where her family comes from. She now works from home in her workshop in Scotland and still loves the process of creating unique pieces of jewellery. Her passion is all the beautiful gemstones that are incorporated in her work. All her pieces are made one at a time so although she has themes – Leaves, Curls, Waves – each piece is unique. Each piece varies a little or sometimes a lot. Designs sometimes evolve as she is creating her beautiful jewellery.
Ludmilla started her journey as a ceramic artist in 1999, where she learned the technique of making ceramics at the Wasps Studios in Glasgow. Away from her full time day-job as a Technical Consultant for the construction industry she likes spending her weekends and evenings by creating ceramic sculptures.
She designs and creates one-off ceramic sculptures of people. All her pieces capture the observed pieces of human behaviour and characters. Her sculpture pieces are often humorous and slightly whimsical, and are unique in both form and personality. Her inspiration comes from observing people, she only makes sculptures of happy people and people enjoying themselves, e.g. musicians, dancers etc. She does not seek anatomical perfection, instead preferring a stylised technique. Each piece is unique, hand-built, glazed and fired in an electric kiln at 1250 degrees Celsius.
Ludmilla’s work is highly admired by customers across the UK and by international customers from the USA, Germany, Australia, Italy, China, Paraguay and other countries.
Melanie graduated from GS in 1986 with a BA (Hons) in ceramics. She went on to travel and work in Europe before completing a post graduate teaching qualification. She currently teaches art to children with special needs and is constantly inspired by their expressive, naïve work.
She works from Glasgow Ceramic Studio where she makes her figurative ceramics. She draws inspiration from many sources including religious iconography, Mexican and European domestic “shrines” and the adornment of women living through various times and cultures. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe gaining inspiration from architecture, statuary and culture. Her work is concerned with images of babies, women, children, horses and angels and ranges from small wall pieces to large figurative sculpture.
She is amused and surprised that her pieces develop their own characters while she is making them and the decoration and colour emerges as they progress.
She teaches a variety of classes at the Glasgow Ceramic Studio and is grateful to have the opportunity to furnish people with the skills and experience to express their creativity through clay.
Melanie has work in a variety of galleries including the Seagull Gallery in Gourock. Her work has been selected for RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh 2016-2019, RGI Open Exhibition, Glasgow 2016-2019 and PAI Open Exhibition, Paisley 2019-2020.
She has completed a variety of commissions including “Gandolfi Angel” – a five-foot wall piece adorning the bar in the Café Gandolfi, Glasgow.
Rosann is an artist that creates ceramic sculptures which are mainly figurative and depict people with a story to tell. She creates work that illustrates a story, tale, myth or legend. What she discovers is that most of these tales or myths actually, in their essence, have different strands on which a story hang.
Our modern-day myths and stories are mainly formed by television and the film industry. Rosann’s work is a personal response to thoughts, memories and experiences of her own background, upbring and cultural heritage.