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.
Elena was born in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Russia in 1966. She graduated from an Architectural Institute in 1989 with a degree in Architecture and then moved to Moscow where she worked as an architect. Elena moved to Glasgow in 1996. She is self-taught, although she studied arts as part of a degree in Architecture.
Elena has exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute, Paisley Art Institute and Aspect Prize Annual exhibitions. She is represented by established galleries at Art Fairs in London, Battersea, Chelsea, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Ireland. She also has works in private and corporate collections throughout the UK, Australia, USA, Greece, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Russian. There have been a number of articles in local and national press concerning Elena’s work and her images have appeared in the TV Channel 4 Grand Design programme. She also has works exhibited in established galleries throughout the UK.
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
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.
Moira is a teacher and maker of ceramics. Her own work draws on her knowledge of hand building methods including slab work, coils, pinching and wheel thrown vessels. Fascinated by the history of ceramics she has travelled extensively to research traditional pottery
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.