Wheel turns for Findhorn potter
THE owner of a local pottery is fired up about a move to Findhorn's old fish and chip shop this month.
Findhorn Pottery will set up shop at the building known as "The Bunty" on Saturday, July 13.
People are invited to join in celebrations of the first firings and the opening of the new premises.
Potter and owner Belia Biesheuvel is excited about establishing the pottery as an integral part of village life. She came to the area in 1996 specifically to train as a potter at the Findhorn Pottery. She stayed on after her apprenticeship, and in 2005 bought the pottery and built up the business.
Belia describes her pottery as "everyday items expressing the passion, love and joy of the ceramic process".
The directors of Findhorn Village Centre negotiated with shop owner Marc Wolf Laurano to secure the new venture for the premises. They hope the re-use will enhance the vitality and economy of the village.
Findhorn Village Centre is a community company which has been operating since 2000. It owns and runs the Village Hostel and Community Resource Centre, runs activities for locals and offers space for other projects.
Christine Hunt, chairwoman, said: "We are delighted to have facilitated this new venture, which will add another interesting project to the village of Findhorn and further add to the attractions of the area.
"We wish Belia and Findhorn Pottery luck with this new venture and trust that Belia and Findhorn Pottery will flourish in this new environment."
Belia is now busy installing equipment and creating more pottery.
She said: "I'm looking forward to welcoming all our friends, supporters and customers again and also looking forward to this exciting development in the very long history of the Findhorn Pottery."