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Keeping it Local


Best Scottish Tours are a local Dunoon based company who offer a range of touring opportunities round Scotland often creating personalised tours for their clients. They have some great tours and because the service they offer is so good, they have visitors returning to discover new places and experiences around Scotland.

This season they had the idea of presenting their returning visitors with a bespoke gift as a memory of their tour. It was a fun project to work on. They were looking for something small to easily carry home, something in the decoration or colour to represent Scotland, to include the tour company name and of course come in on budget.

Initially I was thinking of imprinting wild flowers into a wee plaque, or a dish. Perhaps a range of wildflowers that we find on the roadsides of the winding Argyll roads. I collect these and dry them and then in autumn and winter when the seedheads are ready, I gather up a selection of those too, so I had plenty to choose from.

But one idea usually leads to another and through playing with these dried flowers I started seeing wild mint and dried ferns looking like trees and began to draw pictures in the clay. These pictures became coasters and the idea was a winner.

The second item chosen by Best Scottish Tours was a simple dish, thrown on the wheel, the company name stamped in and glazed in a familiar Scottish sky colour of grey/blue.

With the orders in and made, all the coaster sets and dishes were placed in lovely presentation boxes and off they went. I’ve heard the first clients to receive them were delighted, the driver having kept them as a surprise for the last day of their trip. What a great idea, and a lovely end to their visit to Scotland.

It’s been great working with you Best Scottish Tours!

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