The village of Corrie on the Isle of Arran is home to one of the most recognisable piers in Scotland. Three of the piers moorings take the easily recognisable form of sheep, one black and the other two white. These never fail to bring a smile to the face of unsuspecting passer by who chance on the charm of this wee pier with its docking lines tethered to the vessels.
There have been many versions conceptualised ranging from shape, size, colour and material before the end piece was reliased. Each pier is unique, truly unique, each reveals wear and tear from the crashing sea, worn steps that have been trod on from fisherman, locals and holiday makers alike. The block like architectre (some might categorise as brutalism) of the piece is brought into context by the gentle cleats and soft wool to represent docking lines.
The range of pier offered reveal the divergent nature of the artists mind. The mastered original which took many years (not conesctively) was saved from destruction by a stroke of the artist brush. Then the trouble started, the original was too identifiable and the subsequent brush stroke fired an explosion of possibility and frustration as it became obvious some coloured pieces required their own glass base, the inclusion of a simple shell, others the luxury of a 925 Sterling SIlver chain and accompanying anchor.
There may be other Corrie Cleats, they may look similar, they are not. The expansion and contraction of glass and earthenware through heat and loss, each crack on a step, position of a cleat and brush stroke attribute to the unique and particular form of each piece.
Every care has been taken to minimise the use of plastics and harmful materials in the creation of this piece. The piece is comprised of clay, brushed with the finest of acrylic paint, and glazed. The glass was fired in a kiln with each base made to an exacting size. Some pieces have findings as a result of beach combing to complete them and some have dyed wool.
125mm x 30mm x 70mm
Earthenware, Glass, Silverware