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Penny Woodley

Penny Woodley is a Helmsdale-based artist and former board member of Timespan. Although now retired, she has been a dedicated maker of ceramic birds under the trading name of Helmsdale Pottery. One of her ceramic birds, Migrating Fieldfares (2005) is displayed in the exhibition.

Fieldfares migrate in very large flocks from Scandinavia to Scotland from September, to spend winter in milder weather and leave the UK around April for the breeding season. They have a chattering call, and can be heard calling at night when migrating. Each of Penny’s birds is produced with care based on the artist’s personal and enduring relationship with Helmsdale’s local birds and the built and natural environment.