Drawing inspiration from the Scottish landscape and heritage.
Slate AND OAK: BEAUTY, FUNCTION, TRADITION
As natural resources, slate and oak are ubiquitous in the western Highlands and this is one reason I like to use them; as a building material, slate is a major feature in the landscape even though much of it is sparsely populated.
Slate and oak are both timeless and versatile materials that can look good in any interior. And slate doesn’t just work well on roofs: I love working with it because it cuts well and its colours and textures are full of surprises: specks of orange, various blues, jagged edges, rough bits – and far more than 50 shades of grey…
I use recycled slate as well as ‘new’ – all of it is millions of years old, courtesy of Mother Nature, and I think this gives it a special appeal. You want longevity? You’ve come to the right place.
Design influences & Inspiration
As a self-taught mould-builder and former potter, my work was strongly influenced by my local heritage and imagery, including the ancient, intricately-carved stones from the Celtic tradition, as seen in many gravestones dating back to Columba and a prevalent feature in the west-Highland landscape. Other west-Highland inspirations include the iconic dry-stane walls, traditional stone-built cottages and the basalt columns and arches of Fingal’s Cave.
Some of these influences prevail in Slate Mosaic, but I have also been enjoying developing a different style as I’ve been getting to know different materials and designs and the demands these make on the ‘maker’: for example, the built-in recesses in the different shapes and sizes that Shuna and Oronsay have (currently still in development) The addition of LED lighting links with the idea that a fire surround can be a main feature of a room even when the fire isn’t lit, and gives the fire surround a modern and eco-friendly ‘twist.’