Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Funky Scottish Decade! The East Neuk Collection...

I've taken all my favourite things and painted them on my ceramics. 
They all mean something to me.  
- Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish

This year, it's the 10th Anniversary of Funky Scottish, the iconic, East Neuk brand created by Karen Edward.  In celebration, we're producing a special series of blog posts about a decade of her definitive Funky Scottish collections.  You can click here to read our introduction.   Over the past few weeks we've been rewinding back through the years to 2004.

This week - following a time out for The Pittenweem Arts Festival -  we discover Karen's very first, iconic, East Neuk collection.  In the artist's notes from Karen, she shares her intimate connection to some of the most distinctive features of her best known work.

Whew!  The Pittenweem Arts Festival is over for another year...and I'm feeling pretty good!! In fact, I'm feeling on top of the world! So, I painted a plate to celebrate it!  We've had lots of lovely people through the doors, lots of sales and lots of commissions for the future! Now, as we celebrate 10 yeras of the brand, I'm taking a look at what defines Funky Scottish and some of the ranges I paint. 

The East Neuk Range was created for my love of everything I see around me here.  I've taken all my favourite things and painted them on my ceramics. They all mean something to me. The red boat in my work is based on my son's boat. She is called Eileen Ban. The boat was built in Macduff and skippered by my son back to Mull, to a huge welcome from the islanders!!!

The May Island, I love because it was the view from my window looking out over the rooftops in Cellardyke for years.  

The red socks on the washing lines are from Marina, my youngest daughter; they symbolise her Waid Academy hockey team socks blowin' in the wind!!

The wee Dutch influenced houses are such a joy to paint. Pantiles are colourful and the outside stairs are quirky...

Of course there is also my dog, Vanilla.  My Lurcher who gets painted on my work lots as he is so beautiful...

The sea with its waves is interpreted by me in various guises too as borders round jugs, plates and bowls. This area also has a great tradition of fishing, so the fishing boats appear in my work all the time...swimming in my wavy waves!!

Meet us again next week, for the last artistic adventure back through the years at Funky Scottish.
We'll take a look at some of Karen's most celebrated work in her bespoke collection.

Meanwhile, you can discover previous posts in the series below:-

'Sea Pottery'
'Black & White'
Pittenweem Blue


Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

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