About Moria & Holy Loch Pottery
Moira Ferguson has taught and made pottery for over forty years. Her interest in pottery started in the mid 1960s at Leicester Teacher Training College and continues today at Holy Loch Pottery. Moira is fascinated by the history ceramics and has travelled extensively to research traditional pottery techniques. Her own work reflects her sense of place and draws on her knowledge of hand building methods including slab work, coils, pinching and wheel-thrown vessels. She is inspired by the natural forms that surround her Holy Loch studio - the lochs, glens and ancient carvings that are scattered across the landscape of Cowal.
Moira produces a wide range of pottery, suitable for the garden and home. Her outdoor wares range from beautiful textural planters for alpines to larger sculptural forms based on standing stones, which work well in the garden environment to compliment planting.
She is keen to share her passion for pottery and has taught ceramics in community education settings to children and adult learners for most of her working life. She has an extensive catalogue of books, journals, ceramics and tools in her studio for people to use. Moira offers group and one-to-one classes to all levels of pottery enthusiasts including away days. She provides pottery talks, demonstrations and can host a wide range of ceramic related events from her studio or can visit you.
Moira is a member of the Scottish Pottery Association (SPA), Cutural Heritage and Arts Assembly (CHARts), Cowal Open Studios, She is a regular exhibitor with the SPA. Gardening shows include the Harrogate Flower Show and Gardening Scotland. She has also exhibited work at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride, the Scottish Sculpture Park at Caol Ruadh, Colintraive, Argyll and Scotland’s Natural Heritage site, Taynish, Argyll. In 2018 Moira won the Beltane Award at the Paisley Art Institute’s Open Exhibition.
Moira welcomes enquires from fellow potters and people interested in learning about pottery.