There are handle-less, tactile jugs, palm-sized textured faceted cups -which after consultation with an archaeologist and Islay’s Gaelic College, Rupert has decided should be called ‘Cuach’ – the Irish and Scottish Gaelic word for a cup or drinking bowl, and root of the more familiar whisky word ‘quaich’.
This month Rupert brought his precious cargo up to Islay, the first load of 42 pieces to be sold in the Laddieshop. Get in touch with the Laddieshop team via +44 1496850190 if you are interested in purchasing a jug, cuach, or a set. Each is unique, stocks are limited. The shop team will be able to guide you about choice of glaze and availability.
Below is some information on each of the batches of earthen and stoneware Rupert has created:
Octomore clay stoneware tumblers with an ‘Aubergine’ glaze. Made from Octomore Farm clay these cuachan are glazed in a combination of metamorphic sandstone, rock dust from ‘Granny’s Rock’ at the far end of Kilchoman beach, peat ash and clay. ( The weathered rock dust is sourced from the gullies in the cliff face, where it gathers after rain has washed it down over the years. And where it has been excavated by rabbits making burrows. Thereby not involving the disturbance of plants, mosses and lichens that are part of this unique ecosystem.)
Octomore clay stoneware tumblers made with with the ‘Rhinns’ glaze. This glaze is a mix of peat ash, metadiorite rock (formed 1600-2500 million years ago) from Cnoc Mor near Portnahaven. This rock dust comes from outcrops along the edges of the track leading to the summit, which have been disturbed in the making of the road. Rupert has experimented with Bruichladdich draff ash too here, with half of the tumblers being dipped in a draff ash solution creating a blue wavy line around the rims.
Octomore Clay stoneware tumblers and jug, with ‘Peat Ash’ glaze. The peat ash comes from the ‘peating’ of barley as part of the whisky making process.
‘Well of the true water’ clay earthenware tumblers with Rupert’s homemade ‘blue’ Chün effect glaze
Foreland Estate clay stoneware tumblers and jug, glazed with Ballygrant (Islay) limestone and bog iron (limonite) glaze sourced from The Oa, on the south of the island.