Gordon Menzies set up the Iona Gallery and Pottery in 1982. His work is influenced by Iona and by Japanese art.
Gordon Menzies studied printmaking and illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee from 1969-1973, and went on to work under Stanley William Hayter in his Atelier 17 Paris studio. He moved to Iona in 1978 and set up the Iona Gallery and Pottery in 1982. His work has been strongly influenced by the Iona land and seascapes and by Japanese art. For his ceramics he makes both handbuilt pieces and thrown stoneware pottery. Much of his pottery is decorated in colours and brushwork evoking Iona seascapes. He uses a gas kiln which is fired to the high temperatures needed for stoneware pottery. This makes the work robust and can go in the dishwasher or oven if required. He works in pastels or watercolours for his landscapes. The colours of his work are subtle and soft. Gordon intends to return to printmaking in the near future.