B 2 is the Back shared venue - turn sharp left after passing Gordon's Garage and then first right. It can also be reached from the main road if you pass this turn and take the next turn into a large carpark where you will see a community polycrub and the community centre above it.
B 1 COLL POTTERY Ceramics/Glass
Coll Pottery Craft Centre is a working craft centre and gallery, located in the former Coll Pottery Building, at Back, Isle of Lewis. It is home primarily, to both Alan Whittle Ceramics, and Solus Studio Glass, who have been full time, professional potter and glass artist for over 30 years, opening their original studio in South Uist in 1991, and moving to Coll in 2018.The residents work in glass, ceramics, and jewellery, as well as a blacksmith working in wrought iron.
There are currently three retail galleries and a gallery/viewing area overlooking the studio spaces.The Centre is also offering ceramics and glass 'Taster Classes' during OSH. Starting at 10am / 2pm and 7pm daily, each lasting 2 hours.
But please pre-book to avoid disappointment, as these were extremely popular last year.
Taster, Improver and Advanced courses and private one-to-one tuition are also available all year round, in both glass and ceramics.
Coll, Isle of Lewis HS2 0JP
B 2 NIKKI CRABTREE,
THE CRAFTY WEAVER
Nikki is the owner of The Crafty Weaver. She moved to the Isle of Lewis back in 2009, from near Bristol in the South West of England, for a change of pace in life.
She learnt to weave Harris Tweed having had no previous experience in any sort of weaving, but had just taught herself to knit so decided that a job using yarn would be nice - little did she know then how much her business would revolve around wool!
The colours of the Islands are a big influence for her, especially the coast and the sea, but it is such a vibrant island in all seasons there is always something to inspire her.
After starting weaving full time, she realised that she could knit whilst sat at the loom. Using yarns left over from weaving, along with waste selvedge from the loom, her little knitted 'Sheepies' and 'Coos' appeared! Using mostly waste products from weaving Harris Tweed, she designed them as she sees animals - sheep are round and cows square - and sold them in a craft shop in Stornoway - they turned out to be a best seller.
Nicky has a spinning wheel and loves making art yarn, plus hand dyeing yarns using the colours of the Islands as inspiration. She has recently opened an 'honesty shop' at her home in Upper Coll.
Facebook: the crafty weaver
B 2 TERRI DAVIES
Born in the south of England, Terri first moved to the Outer Hebrides in 1995 and she recently finished building what she calls her forever home in Glen Tolsta.
Working in ceramics and resin, her artwork is strongly influenced by the sea that surrounds her home and the wildlife of the Hebrides.
Terri’s creative journey began with jewellery; using silver plated copper wire and a range of blue and green resins to create unique earrings and necklaces.
More recently Terri has rekindled her childhood love of ceramics. Mostly self-taught, working from her new home studio her work ranges from small souvenirs, jewellery and gifts to larger 3D wall art and sculptures.
B 2 LYNNE MACIVER - Artist
Lynne is an artist living and working on the Isle of Lewis. Originally from New Zealand, she has called Scotland home for over 20 years.
Lynne is both a painter working in mixed media and acrylic, and also creates digital works, taking inspiration from the built environment to the coast and shorelines across the Islands.
Her mixed media paintings incorporate collage to build up the surfaces of the work creating surface texture and interest.
Her bold, colourful digital images of local buildings are available as limited edition prints and cards.
B 2 LESLEY MCKENZIE Artist
Originally from Falkirk, Lesley has lived in the Broadbay area for 16 years and She loves walking, especially along the shoreline, and when feeling brave, will get in to the water, summer and winter.
Lesley enjoys the wide open spaces, the massive dramatic skies, the breath taking contrasts in light and even the wild weather.
She finds that painting frees her mind, and can lose all sense of time as she works.
A commendation at the Grinneas Art Exhibition at An Lanntair in 2019, for ‘a strong sense of place and atmosphere’ provided the encouragement to believe that her art is something others might enjoy.
A mum of two children, one with a chronic health condition, I also work as a psychodynamic counsellor, so my art provides me with that all important restoration time.