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At our Pottery on Islay, we offer a wide range of ceramic gifts for sale. All Unique to the Isle of Islay.
Each piece is hand painted by Rosemary, featuring her own designs. Inspired by the varying hues of the ever-changing seasons, and the flora and fauna of the island. Each piece has an original design and is painted, glazed and fired at Persabus Farm Pottery, capturing the essence of island living.
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The Saligo Range captures one of Rosemary’s favourite coastlines on Islay. It has rugged, wild beaches, where the Atlantic rollers come crashing in over the sand and rocks. This range is filled with the vibrant blues and turquoises of the sea, the white horses on the waves with glints of yellow sand. We hope that you enjoy this range and that wherever you are it brings a little bit of Islay into your day.
This range is inspired by island living. With the sea providing an endless source of inspiration for Rosemary’s artwork this range captures the vibrancy, colours and energy of the sea on a stormy day in winter. Rosemary is drawn to the sea, having spent many days sailing and fishing from boats as a youngster, this range is about the moodiness, emotion and pattern of the high seas.
The Port Ban Range is named after a small sandy cove, just past the village of Bruichladdich. This bay is ideal for swimming in the warmer months.
The colours in this design capture a day in May. Inspiration and creativity flowed in the pottery after a beautiful and bracing swim. The turquoise sea and the rocks blooming with sea pinks. This beautiful island provides so much inspiration. I hope the Port Ban Range breathes a bit of island life into your day…happy days xx
The Seaweed from the Sound range was inspired by walks through the Dunlossit woods to a small bay which opens out onto the Sound of Islay. A beach filled with colourful pink, purple, grey and blue pebbles and a tideline of colourful seaweed. Here inquisitive seals watch you on the shoreline, bobbing their heads just above the waves. Seaweed from the Sound range was inspired by the beach ‘treasures’ gathered on these walks. The colourful seaweed of the Sound of Islay.
The Lucy Sea Breeze Range, inspired by the colours’ of Islay’s spectacular coastline, and named after Lucy, who commissioned pieces from the range for her mainland art gallery and coffee shop.
The Winter Sound Range is inspired by island life. The deep greens and turquoise of wild winter seas and the greys and purples of the winter skies on a stormy Islay day. As you step outside the pottery studio at Persabus the winter colours of the seascape unveil themselves.
Pringle the Highland Cow Range initially began as two highland cow mugs commissioned by a lovely couple from the Netherlands. Pringle was one of the special ladies on the farm, a beautiful Highland cow, who loved attention and a good back rub if you were passing. Pringle was the muse for the original design. The range is very loved and the other year a whole ‘herd’ of Pringles went over to New York, in the form of a dinner service. The range continues to grow and includes ‘Whisky coos’ who are multi coloured Pringles and we have ‘Pringle the Cool Coo’ in her sunglasses…enjoy!
As a young student Rosemary spent some fabulous holidays walking and camping along the north and west coast of the Isle of Jura. With happy memories of sitting looking out across the Gulf of the Corryvreckan this range captures the energy and colour of this amazing and beautiful part of our world.
Josie Poppy is named after Rosemary’s lovely mum and inspired by all of the poppies Rosemary managed to grow in every flower bed around the farm. For a few years poppies flourished everywhere on Persabus.
Each spring the farmland and woodlands of Islay are covered in a sea of purple as bluebells cover the landscape. The air is filled with their sweet scent. The Jessie May Bluebell Range is named after Rosemary and Donald’s eldest daughter. As a toddler she spent many happy hours playing among the bluebells. Today they are still her favourite flower.
The Valinda Tartan Range is named after Rosemary’s lovely late mother in law, Valinda. She loved all things tartan and ran the pottery in the late 1970s and 80s. This range is a tribute to a very fine lady.
The Misty Isle range was inspired by autumn on Islay and the beautiful panoramic view that unfolds when you step outside Persabus Farmhouse. The colours and shades capture the essence and vibrancy of an autumnal day on the island in late November.
Kate’s Purple Heather captures the essence of Islay’s heather clad hills, the purples, violets, blues, and greens set amongst moody grey skies and was inspired by a photograph taken by Kate.
The Machir Bay range was inspired by one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Rosemary and Donald have spent so many happy hours on this beach with friends and family. It is the perfect place to enjoy bracing walks in the winter, and then in the warm months of summer, lazy afternoon barbeques. The design for this range was originally created as a present for one of ‘Islay’s girls’ for her summer wedding.
The Helen Happy Heart Range was a bit of fun inspired by the special place Islay holds for Rosemary, having moved here to be with her Happy Farmer. It is named after a favourite childhood doll, Helen Happy Heart.
Persabus is surrounded by hedges filled with Fuchsia. The Fuchsia bushes were planted by Donald’s grandmother many years ago. They are part of the ‘fixtures and fittings’ of the farm. They flower all summer long. The delicate brightly coloured flowers of the Fuchsia bushes have inspired this range.
The Grey Lag water jug is exclusive to Persabus. Each jug is handmade on the premises before being glazed and fired. Limited batches of the Grey Lag water jug are hand produced at Persabus. The jug is the perfect compliment for a good dram of Islay malt whisky.