Esther specialises in producing highly individual hand painted ceramic tiles. From these she produces art prints using her ceramic designs.

“I’m inspired by the infinitely changing skies along the coast near Edinburgh and East Lothian where I live and work.”

Using ceramic tiles and painting with coloured clay slip, the process of capturing the light and atmosphere of these immense skies is contrasted by working on a very small surface area of an unglazed, bisque tile.

“My aim is to translate the feeling of an ever-changing sky into a series of works that show the different light, colour, atmospheres and moods created by the weather in Scotland.”

 “As an artist I’m constantly observing the changing quality of light and what it’s doing to the skyline and it creates a constant source of new and interesting material.”

 She added: “People who buy my work think it’s very authentic to Scotland. They recognise the colours and moodiness of my skies. I also get commissions from people all over the world because it reminds them of home.”

As a visual artist her current practice involves three areas of work. The first is exploring ideas and concepts relating to themes around sources of energy and their time and place in society. Current projects include ‘Coasting’ and ‘it’s always ourselves we find in the sea’. Living and working on the South East Coastline of Central Scotland is a never-ending source of inspiration for her ideas and work. The second is making hand painted tiles for interior domestic commissions and third is designing for commercial giftware to retail and gallery outlets through her publisher at Doricmor. You can see a selection of my prints and tiles at The Bass Rock Gallery at Tantallon Studios or please browse my shop.


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Esther’s work on show  at the Bass Rock Gallery, Tantallon Studios

Into the Wind We Go



FLOW Esther Cohen

“Torness power station is my favourite East Lothian building. A superbly utilitarian heroic structure, quietly producing electricity to 2 million homes. Well done Esther for immortalising it.” Mike the sparky


MFA                 Master of Fine Art

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee                                      1994 -1995

BA (Hons).     Bachelor of Arts, Second Class Division 1, Sculpture,

Glasgow School of Art                                                                                   1990 -1993

TQFE               Postgraduate Teaching Qualification (Further Education),

University of Dundee                                                                                      2004


The 195th RSA Annual Exhibition

Mixed show                                                                2020

Visual Arts Scotland

FLOW – Mixed show                                               2020

The Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh

Coasting  – Solo show                                               2020

Rock n Bird Window

Cold Blows The Wind                                               2019

Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh

Mixed show                                                                2018

Hoptoun House

Mixed Show                                                                2017

Bass Rock Gallery Tantallon Studios                    2008-present


•   Document Scotland, Patreon Subscriber

•   National Galleries of Scotland Friend

•   an +AIR membership & art insurance 2019
•   Visual Art Scotland membership

•   Applied Arts Scotland membership