Moira (Clinch) Ferguson
Potter and Sculptor.
I have been involved with ceramics all my working life, by both teaching and developing my own studio work. Teaching has been through mainstream and community education, and also working with various charities and social enterprises. Now ‘retired’ I can devote time to my own work.
Reflecting on how this has evolved I find inspiration has come from looking at the craftsmanship of the past. As a student, I was drawn to traditional slipware surface decoration of the 17th and 18th-century country pottery. This was followed by the production of functional ware for plants and flowers. I then became fascinated by wood and stone carvings, notably medieval ones, as found in old country churches and Cathedrals. I still go on quests to search them out, particularly the Green Man and mythological ‘grotesques’ and gargoyles. These have led to me developing more sculptural ways of working and interpreting forms.
My latest fascination goes further back in time, to Standing Stones and Neolithic Rock Art, which I have had the opportunity to explore close at hand since coming to live on the west coast of Scotland. Current work reflects a mixture of these. Texture and form are important. Often described as ‘organic’, I like to create a sense of depth and movement in the forms I make, be it the human, trees, standing stone planter or mythical creatures.