Louise Cook

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Ever since my grandmother produced a bucket of clay from the shore of our family croft in North Uist, I have had a love affair with clay. I am self taught with my interest in ceramics and feel my work is constantly evolving in response to the landscape around me. The secret, I believe, is its simplicity.

The Hebridean shoreline provides the inspiration for my unique range of individually hand-crafted stoneware products. I search the shore for natural & man-made objects which will provide me with interesting textures to bring to my work. Natural beach-weathered sea fragments, abandoned at the high-tide line, provide many of the delicate textures which are captured on the surface of the clay. Discarded ropes and fishing nets provide some interesting man-made textures, and my shore themed hand carved clay stamps enhance the range of designs.

The quirky Rock Pool Pebble Bowls are individually formed by hand and capture the shape of the beach pebble. The inside surface captures the texture of the rounded beach pebbles and some are enriched with textures of seaweeds, ropes or net. The stunning Sea Urchin Vessels each have their own identity with delicate texture on the outer surface of the vessel.

Detail of glaze in a Landscape Pebble Bowl by Louise Cook

Detail of glaze in a Landscape Pebble Bowl

I bring the beach and coastline into my work literally now, with some pieces being glazed in a natural ‘wash’ made from locally dug Uist clay-like soils. Collected from the same pit as the clay material I played with as a child. The resulting variety of wonderful rich earthy tones and warm golden brown creates a truly unique piece.

For more information please see the artists own website Louise Cook

Louise Cook detail Louise Cook Bowl 1 Louise Cook pebble bowl group on seaweed


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