The Potter's Tale, is a story of one man's journey of discovery and self discovery on one of the most beautiful islands on the Hebrides - Colonsay. Dion Alexander was 'the Colonsay Potter' through the 1970s and his own story is interwoven with that of some of the legendary characters of the islands in that period, one of the last in which Gaelic came naturally to the community. It is also the story of beginning to think about how to keep a small remote community dominated by a landed estate alive and viable in the face of modern pressures. The Colonsay of the 1970s had no electricity or affordable housing and an erratic ferry service. The book is an autobiography, a reflection of a world still close in time but in some ways very distant interwoven with much of history, tradition and folklore, and a moving account of the trials, triumphs and tribulations of a small community. Above all it is woven with a deep love of the magical place that is Colonsay.
An exciting title designed to guide people to the wealth of design talent and artistic expertise which is currently resurgent around Britain. As people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the anonymous uniformity of factory goods they are looking for a rejuvenation of old skills and the development of new ones. A book for: Tourists wanting to visit workshops to see wood turning, glassblowers, toymakers, potters etc. at work: Holidaymakers looking for galleries and craft shops in which to purchase hand made artefacts: Homemakers who wish to find out where to find hand crafted tiles, sundials, tables, fountains or other items for house or garden: Buyers and Collectors who can use the book as a mail order catalogue for buying anything from rocking horses and dolls' houses to walking sticks and clay pipes. The book is lavishly produced, printed in two colours throughout plus a full colour 16 page Gallery Guide section. It includes fourteen regional chapters - all with maps - divided by craft, from ceramics and silver to furniture and toys.