Lorna Phillips’ research-based practice excavates traces of material culture and social history by journeying into the biographies of the land. Acts of collecting and re-distributing are led by an urge to discover the artist’s surroundings. The material of clay provides the path into the landscape and what it holds. Lorna intends to delve into the stories that certain places hold; within their communities and their long histories, and within the land itself, its formation. These stories are discovered through archaeology, heritage and geology. The sourcing of the materials that form the works, the physical journeys involved in this process are key to the artist’s practice. Lorna hopes to find an understanding of connection between people and place, forming expressions of the earth that supports us as being our inheritance and so our foundation, our beginning and our end.

Visual Arts Scotland’s Centenary Exhibition, Then and Now: 100 Years of VAS. At the Royal Scottish Academy. 

Works on show were produced during Lorna’s residency at Glenfiddich Distillery:
The Cabrach, catching, 2023, ceramic glazed in wild Dufftown clay.
Dufftown Quaichs, 2023, Dufftown wild clay.

Photography by Robin Mair.



Email: lorna.phillips1708@gmail.com
Phone: +44 7775808202
Instagram: lorna_.phillips

Lorna Phillips is an emerging artist, graduated in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art.
Based in Leadhills, Scotland. Working primarily with the material of clay.

© Lorna Phillips 2023