Uig Pottery is as far from a single class in the rudiments of craft pottery at Stroud College in 1980 as you can possibly get. From this early beginning in kiln building, glaze recipes, the techniques of hand throwing and varieties of clay Alan Freestone has established an award winning studio.
He moved to the Isle of Skye in 1991 and set up his pottery in Uig. Expansion has been slow and deliberate, with the latest efforts providing stunning views of the port of Uig and the Northern Atlantic as the workshop and gallery are sited on the Uig bay seawall. As the ferry makes its way to the Isle of Harris from Uig, and the pottery slips from view, you wonder how Margaret and Alan manage to get anything done ~ the studio location couldn't be more beautiful.
There are serious and silly acclaims to Alan's skill with clay, and for their glorious stoneware inspired by the stunning environment of the northernmost tip of the Isle of Skye.
As a participate in a potters market in Holland in 1998, he entered a throwing competition and came away with the trophy for throwing the tallest pot from one lump of clay at 1 meter high!
In 2000 Alan was commissioned by Allied Distillers to make quaichs for a special promotion of Ballantynes whisky which the company were doing in the Far East, the shape has become a standard of Uig Pottery. In 2003 Alan was voted one of the top three artisans in Scotland as part of the annual Balvenie Artisans competition. Most recently (2005) Alan has been invited by Applied Arts Scotland to exhibit his work in the Country Living Spring Fair.