Tom Butcher designs and hand-crafts both sculptural pieces and functional tableware from his studio on the shores of Loch Long, Scotland, where he overlooks the Arrochar Alps and is surrounded by the inspirational scenery of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The Loch Long Stoneware range is inspired by back to basics rustic living. Originating as a range of simple, functional items designed for family and friends, and has now developed into a full and rapidly expanding collection of earthy, multi-functional and robust pieces ideal for everyday living.
Various forms of living and natural matter inspire Tom's sculptural work. The forms he creates represent an abstracted interpretation of research into organic growth and forms: from the architecture of insects to gneiss rock found on the North West Coast of Scotland. Tom employs several innovative processes to produce pieces of varying proportion and fragility, in an effort to push the boundaries of traditional ceramic making techniques.
Tom's pots are on display and for sale at Mansefield Studios in Arrochar, Argyll, online at www.tombutcherceramics.com and at various outlets across Scotland.
Mansefield Studios is open to the public from February to December and visitors are very welcome.
Tom Butcher is now part of Cowal Open Studios.
Year Established: 2000