The son of a farmer, I grew up on a Galloway farm in South-West Scotland. I have many fond memories of my childhood and the great outdoors I used to explore with my four brothers and sisters.
One of my earliest memories is of my father and I repairing a gap in a drystone wall. I must have been only four or five years old and was possibly more of a hindrance than a help.
I created my first slate sculpture in October 2007 and by June 2008 had held my first exhibition. I have since exhibited many times and moved into other mediums including steel and glass.
I’m fortunate to have the chance to work in some beautiful places, both within the UK and overseas, and love the fact that my work evokes feeling and emotion.
The images on this site represent a sample of the sculptures I have produced. If you would like further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I hope you enjoy my work.
Working in my dry-stone lined bothy in the garden, with views over the hills, I am frequently inspired by this landscape which is reflected in my mosaics. Flowers in abundance feature in the majority of my exhibition pieces, as well as in private commissions. While many of my pieces are considered ‘decorative art’, I also enjoy making mosaics with a more practical purpose such as mirrors, table tops and garden items.
In producing my mosaics, I aim to be true to myself and my interest in recycling and sustainability by incorporating many recycled materials, including those representing me and my home town of Crieff, Perthshire (Crieff Pottery whisky jugs; remnants from a local fused glass artist) or pieces donated to me by friends and family similar to a traditional patchwork concept. I also use wine bottle glass and broken car windows amongst other salvaged materials. The surface used for many of my mosaics originates from discarded kitchen units.
Recycled materials stimulate many of my ideas in mosaic pieces that I have done, and as a consequence my "bothy in the garden" is now filling up fast with china, glass and decorative ceramic ornaments and overspilling into the garden.
Working with mosaics is an evolving process for me, as I explore working with new materials and themes. I never stay static for long!
Back again this year, Heather Gray (the 'Brazing Hussy') is based locally in South Queensferry, Scotland, where she creates original sculptures in mild steel inspired by the forms and shapes found in nature.
A lot of my pieces were commissioned and can be seen in businesses in Edinburgh and South Queensferry.
For these sculptures and more, please have a look in my galleries