I have been a fan of Fergus for years and have several of his pieces in my home. You can find both our work in shops such as the Rockpool - Lochinver and Ceard - Ullapool.
A while ago I made one of my Fergus pots into a candle just for me. I have refilled and refilled it ever since. A colab seemed like it had to go down.
Last year I visited Fergus in his studio at Glencanisp Lodge Lochinver, about 20 miles from me down the twisty and scenic Wee Mad Road.
Over coffee out of his gorgeous coffee pots we discussed a possible collaboration and over the summer began sketching ideas for a candle pot and small bottle-shaped diffuser. Fergus got creating and came up with stunning prototypes. When I saw the pots I knew this was for sure an awesome idea.
I was lucky enough to attend the firing of the pots last September: something I had never experienced before. A gorgeous Autumn day with music, good craic and a lovely group helping keep the kiln going into the night.
The pots were scattered around the kiln and heated up to 13000 degrees. As they were spread around the kiln in differentareas of the flame they all have very different effects, making each piece totally unique.
Fergus creates distinctive hand-thrown tableware and decorative ceramics made from stoneware and porcelain clays. Fergus's work is sustainably wood fired and salt glazed, robust and suitable for dishwasher and oven.
His choice of colours is influenced by the vibrant greens, blues and natural tones within the Assynt landscape, and the rich and variegated surfaces are decorated by their passage of flame in the kiln.