Patricia Shone's hand built ceramic vessels are influenced by the landscape around her studio on the Isle of Skye, by the erosion of the hills, by the forces of climate and human intervention, and by patterns of the past drawn across the surfaces. The pots are hand formed by texturing, stretching and carving using raku, wood and sagger firing to achieve a wide and subtle range of colour and density.
Selected Exhibitions: 2019 Collect 2019 represented by Craft Scotland, Saatchi Galleries, London, Ceramic Art London; 2018 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, “Fired Earth” 3 ceramicists, group show; Collect 2018 with Craft Scotland, Saatchi Galleries, London; Ceramic Art London; Earth & Fire, The Harley Gallery, selected British & international ceramics event; Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future, Best of Europe curated by Jean Blanchaert & Stefano Boeri, Michaelangelo Foundation, Venice, international event; Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath, group show. 2017 American Craft Council show Baltimore, Craft Scotland selected event; Ceramic Art London; Earth & Fire, The Harley Gallery, selected British & international ceramics event; Kellie Miller Arts, Brighton, group show; National Centre for Craft & Design – window collection; ‘Metamorphic Forms’ group exhibition, Timespan Gallery, Helmsdale. 2016 Ceramic Art London; Landscape:islands, group exhibition, The Ceramic House, Brighton; Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey, selected British & international event; 3TreesCeramics, Den Haag, Netherlands, solo exhibition. 2015 Ceramics in the City, Geoffrey Museum, London; Potfest in the Park, selected British & international ceramics event; Earth & Fire, Rufford Abbey, selected international event. 2014 Potfest in the Park, selected British & international ceramics event. 2013 SOFA Chicago, represented by Craft Scotland. 2011 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show guest country program with Craft Scotland. 2006 An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye, Solo installation & exhibition. Awards: 2019 Craft Potters Charitable Trust, Emmanuel Cooper Award; 2012 Creative Scotland makers award, professional development; 2012 Winner: craft&design Selected Gold Award 2012:Ceramics; 2010 HiArts makers award, creative development; 2006 An Tuireann & Scottish Arts Council, makers award, professional practice; 2003 Winner, Talisker prize for the applied arts, Skye & Lochalsh Open. Collections: Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2019; Ceramini Contemporary Ceramics Museum, Turkey 2016; Private collections in UK, Germany, United States, Czech Republic; Craft Potters Association: Selected member since 2015.
I have always preferred wilder more challenging landscapes and seascapes. The visible presence of the rock beneath the thin soils of the Highlands reminds me of the real substance of life, and how fragile the veneer. The textures of my work are here on a massive scale in the mountains, and it’s fundamentally the same material. So here, on the Isle of Skye, inspiration is all around me, under my feet and in my hands. My motivation as an artist is to find my place in this. I make mostly ceramic forms, bowls, jars, boxes, rather than direct representations of the landscape, because they are innately human vessels.