Featuring Fiona Byrne-Sutton , ceramic artist; Caroline Dear, environmental artist; Miranda Forrest ceramic artist; Morven Gregor photographer and land artist; Kerstin Gren ceramicist; Gerry Loose, poet and land artist; and Kate Standen, ceramic artist.

The exhibition, ‘Changing Ground land and art’ celebrates our imaginative relationship with the land. Each artist's work is centred round the natural environment, their practice is a distillation of subject and place. They engage physically with wilderness and its geology -land, air, water and flora to make work that is clear, lucid and pared down. The exhibition name, ‘Changing Ground land and art’ reflects the artists' mindful and creative process; it also marks the transition between the physicality of clay below ground and the flora that grows above ground be it heather, trees, or fungi.

Selected by Glasgow ceramic artist, Fiona Byrne-Sutton, and facilitated by Craft Town Scotland’s Director Maggie M. Broadley, this exhibition of Scottish and Irish artists is timely.  The Scottish Government has designated 2013 the year of Natural Scotland and ‘Changing Ground land and art’, explores this theme;   revealing  a depth and diversity of practice  across Scotland and also from the west coast of Ireland. For all the artists here, sea or land is their natural playground. They see art in nature and celebrate it through the medium of natural flora and fauna, through clay from the natural landscape, through words that shift  our perception and photography which documents nature’s time and nature’s processes.

Fiona Byrne-Sutton, Caroline Dear , Morven Gregor and Gerry Loose are making  site specific work for the Barony centre, a converted church and winner of GIAS award amongst others; thereby also celebrating   Scotland’s Natural Built Heritage by using its natural forms. The work of Swedish born ceramicist Kerstin Gren incorporates the rich and fruitful source of natural pigments which surrounds her.

‘Changing Ground  land and art’ also coincides with the publication of two ceramics handbooks which feature makers making art with and from the land.  One , ‘Natural Glaze, collecting and making’  (March 2013)  is written by  Uist resident and Changing Ground ceramicist, Miranda Forrest, while the other , ‘Additions to Clay Bodies’ (May 2013) is written by  West Cork resident and Changing Ground ceramicist ,  Kathleen Standen.  Fiona Byrne-Sutton’s work, celebrating Forth River valley clays and River Clyde clay and flora, features in both publications.

Featuring Fiona Byrne-Sutton , ceramic artist; Caroline Dear, environmental artist; Miranda Forrest ceramic artist; Morven Gregor photographer and land artist; Kerstin Gren ceramicist; Gerry Loose, poet and land artist; and Kate Standen, ceramic artist.

Supported by Creative Scotland