Patricia Shone studied ceramics in London before relocating to Skye some years later. Receiving wheel tuition from venerable ceramicist Shozo Michikawa and latterly developing her own hand-building technique, Patricia allows the clay to dictate as much of the form and process as possible. A real master of Raku and Saggar firing, the finished pieces have such a strong, organic feel that reflect the island that inspires them.
“My work is informed by the powerful landscape around me on the Isle of Skye. It develops in response to the feeling of connection with its inhabitants and their passage across the land. By walking the paths of predecessors I contribute to the formation of the paths at the same time as obliterating previous footsteps; as an incomer to this community I absorb and am changed by its culture whilst altering it by my presence here. The nuances of contradiction in the human experience of life are very visible here, but the community survives, just as the surfaces of the land are eroded but the substance of it remains constant and immutable.
I make mostly functional forms, boxes, bowls, jars, rather than direct representation of the landscape, because they are innately human vessels; they represent the human condition of surface and content.
The natural textures produced by clay reflect the formation and erosion in the geology of the land. The techniques I use to make my pots encourage the development of these textures on the surface of a tight and formal vessel.
It has taken many years for me to begin to understand this path in my work, and that our scars from living can be seen mirrored in the scars on the land.”