North Shore Pottery By Patricia Niemann and North Lands Creative Glass

North Shore Pottery lies in between the historic villages of Dunbeath and Lybster, where the rugged cliffs of south east Caithness sweep northward. The restored Oat-Meal Mill makes the perfect setting for Studio workshop and showroom of potter Jenny Mackenzie Ross. Patricia Niemann is a goldsmith, glass artist and designer, based in Caithness (in the Far North of Scotland). Born 1968 in Vilshofen ( Germany ), she is a born and bred Bavarian lassie.

Patty (as her friends call her) has a jewellery studio and showroom in the Mill of Forse, Latheron. (The Mill of Forse is also the home of the North Shore Pottery and Jenny Mackenzie Ross.)

She also works free-lance as glass kilnforming and blowing instructor for Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster.

In her studio, she makes one-off pieces of jewellery in 18ct gold, silver and platinum to customer commission and to own designs and she also sets gemstones.

Blown glass is an element in her more artistic jewellery – her artistic practice is based around the human body and the ideas of life and death, especially “vanitas” (= transitoryness), decay, attitude and – humour! Her most recent body of work is based on the local archeology and the deteriorating effects of the harsh weather in Caithness.

According to Jenny Mackenzie Ross; “In my pots I endeavour to reflect the landscape in which I live. The forms and ideas spring from where the land meets the sea. I love texture and form, and I love to see the evidence of the journey of the pot through the flames from soft mud to stone. Salt glazing enhances all these qualities. I often use kelp as a source of salt and fuel in the firing, thus imbuing the pots with the saltiness of the sea itself.

Opening Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm: July and August 7 Days 10am – 5pm

About North Lands Creative Glass

North Lands Creative Glass is situated in Lybster, a small fishing village on the North East Coast of Scotland. North Lands is open both to glass artists and to painters, sculptors, architects and designers wishing to explore the technical and artistic potential of glass either on its own or in combination with other materials. Through its programme of summer master classes, its annual conference and its residencies, North Lands aims to stimulate a lively exchange of ideas whilst also allowing time for reflection and action in a professional environment. North Lands was born in the nineties out of a need to create a centre of excellence to stimulate the growing interest in the possibilities of glass as an art form. Join in the festive fun t at this Glass pendant making workshop. Suitable for any skill level, including beginners. To book your place contact: North Lands Creative Glass.

Contact: North Lands Creative Glass Quatre Bras, Lybster Caithness, KW3 6BN SCOTLAND Accommodation, bookings and general information: Lorna MacMillan (Contact Person) Telephone and Fax: +44 (0)1593 721 229

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