From Easter to end of October, Carry Farm has a small gallery craft shop ‘The Dairy’ open most days with facilities for helping yourself to fairtrade tea/coffee etc.
The Dairy is home to textiles made by Fiona from her Hebridean sheep farmed at Carry Farm and functional decorative ceramics by Karen McPhail.
The Hebridean is a small, native, hardy breed that can cope with extremes of weather and poor quality vegetation. Hence, introducing Hebridean sheep onto Carry Farm holding was the obvious choice to help manage areas of rough grazing.
The naturally black fleece, annually sheared from the Hebrideans is spun in the Borders at New Lanark Heritage Mill, on an original 19th century spinning mule. The finished yarn has a textural quality from the combination of the rich dark black and the flecks of grey natural in the older sheep.
It is with this yarn that Fiona designs and knits sustainable and functional textiles, with an enviable provenance, in her studio at Carry Farm.
A limited selection of Carry Farm’s Hebridean sheepskins organically tanned locally in Argyll are also available.
Karen makes functional and decorative earthenware ceramics for the the home. Coloured slip decoration, printed decals and glaze are applied in layers to create a playful, collage like quality. Each piece is fired up to three times to 1080 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln.
If you would like to visit The Dairy and it is not open, please do come to reception and ask, we are very happy to open up.