Yet to officially launch, I make homewares from metal and ceramics. I'm based in Scotland and although tourists etc like to buy into Scottish products when they visit, I don't want to pigeon-hole my brand. My domestic market baulks at tartan, Braveheart and bagpipes, preferable inspiration would be the 19th century Scots like Carnegie, Rennie Mackintosh, Arthur Conan Doyle. The sort that appear in sepia portraiture. Indeed, my workshop is like a condensed homage to the industrial revolution; a coke forge, a kiln, an anvil.
I'm not a high-concept maker, my products are not 'modern' in aesthetic. Simple flatware, forged cutlery, planters and flasks. My style includes hammer markings, patinas, earthy glazes. When I think of 'Scottishness' in my work, it presents as the geography and topography of the places I see around me. I work out of a cabin workshop overlooking the Forth valley, with the famed mountainous highlands visible. I have tossed and turned over the years, trying to formulate a name for my business. This makes me think that I shouldn't be forcing one. So my name will do, possibly with a tagline. 'Scott Robbie - mud and iron' or some such name.
Quite honestly, I think a good logo is like a mission statement and the right one may actually help to form my own opinion of what it is that I do. When endless odd-job commissions come in they can take me off brand a bit and I need to be brought back to my own style. I use the shapes, colours and textures of iron and mud to create, so help me spread the word of my love for the earth's natural produce when it is shaped by human hand.