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The Artisans

ILLUSTRATIONS Dan Williams

January 20, 2017

When Gleneagles embarked on a redesign, it proved a great opportunity to commission beautiful work from some of Scotland’s leading artists and craftspeople. From ceramicists to lace weavers, here is a small selection of the talented makers who have brought warmth and character into the hotel’s elegant new spaces

1  Alan Robinson Glass
This Edinburgh-based stained glass studio used a mixture of seeded and clear red and green glass for the art deco-inspired screens in The Century Bar.
edinburghstainedglass.com

2 Jude Cassidy
Across the water in County Down, textile weaver Jude Cassidy hand-wove the fabric for the new lobby curtains on a 250-year-old dobby loom using a luxurious combination of wool, cotton and silk.
judecassidy.com

3 Morton, Young & Borland Textiles
Alexander Morton introduced the skill of lace-making to locals in Ayrshire back in 1876. Today, the company continues to produce traditional Scottish lace, used to create the beautiful curtains in The American Bar.
mybtextiles.com

4 Lovat Mill
Situated on the banks of the River Teviot in the heart of Hawick, the weavers at Lovat Mill – who provide tweed for Chanel and Purdey among others – created a delicate heather cashmere for the wall panels in The American Bar.
lovatmill.com

5 Johnstons of Elgin
Manufacturing since 1797, Johnstons of Elgin wove two fabrics for The Century Bar’s stools and cushions and the chairs in The Glendevon at their mill in Moray.
johnstonscashmere.com

6 Hilary Duncan
Banchory-based Hilary Duncan’s hand-made ceramics capture the essence of the Scottish landscape using coloured clays with images drawn or printed on them.
hilaryduncan.co.uk

7  Simon Thorborn, Arran Ceramics
Based on the Isle of Arran, Simon Thorborn supplied bowls and vases for the hotel. He often uses a Japanese technique called raku, extracting the item from a kiln while still hot and then burying it in an organic material such as newspaper, sawdust or feathers.
arranceramics.com

8 Vanessa Bullick
Inspired by stones found on the seashore, Vanessa Bullick makes beautiful textured pots and glazed stone and ceramic tableware in her studio in Cellardyke, a village in Fife.
vanessabullick.co.uk

 

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