Assynt Foundation

Home of Glencanisp Lodge

The Glencanisp Studio

Glencanisp Studio, an eco friendly building available to hire for arts/crafts activities, meetings, functions and events.

Express and develop your creativity in Assynt – staying at Glencanisp Lodge and working in the new arts studio.

Imagine spending time free to explore the beauty of Assynt, to access a studio within which to creatively express the inspiration that this magical place will evoke within you.

The Assynt Foundation offers you the opportunity to stay at Glencanisp Lodge on the edge of Loch Druim Suardalain with the use of a newly built arts studio with Suilven strikingly in sight.

Chris Goodman Resident Woodsman


Chris works with wood when it’s green, recently fallen or felled, still fresh and supple. Using traditional hand tools to carve through its history he works with the grain and the natural lines, leaving the bark on to create something distinctive that remembers its past as a living tree shaped by the landscape and climate of the North West Highlands.

Based in Assynt, and with a workshop at Glencanisp, he  sources all his wood locally and sustainabily from windblown trees or those felled to keep roads or services clear.

Every item is hand carved and unique from spoons, ladles and bowls to candle holders, stools and chairs. Balancing form and function Chris produces rustic crafts and furniture that are good to use and beautiful to look at making them the perfect addition to your home, a gift for someone special or a memento of your time in Assynt. More of Chris's work can be seen HERE

Fergus Stewart Ceramics

  • Feeding the Kiln
    Feeding the Kiln
  • Inside the Kiln
    Inside the Kiln
  • Studio and Gallery
    Studio and Gallery
  • Gallery and studio open
    Gallery and studio open
Feeding the Kiln
Feeding the Kiln

Fergus Stewart is an internationally known ceramicist and producer of unique hand-thrown functional and decorative pieces, for use in the kitchen and on the table as well as wonderfully translucent porcelain candle holders, vases, bird feeders and many other exciting ceramics. His work is made from stoneware and porcelain clays and is sustainably wood fired and salt glazed. The choice of colours is influenced by the vibrant greens, blues and natural tones seen from the Sutherland landscape and the rich and variegated surfaces decorated by the passage of the flame through the kiln.


A visit to the workshop at Glencanisp offers visitors the opportunity to see Fergus at work, and buy selected limited edition pieces from the latest kiln firing.

The workshop and gallery is open to the public from 2-6pm, Sunday to Friday from April - October.

For further information please contact Fergus.

Chameleon Crafts

  • Hand stitched patchwork box.
    Hand stitched patchwork box.
  • Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
    Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
  • Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
    Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
  • Owl brooches.
    Owl brooches.
  • Hand stitched patchwork box.
    Hand stitched patchwork box.
  • Up-cycled bead and charm necklaces.
    Up-cycled bead and charm necklaces.
  • Hand stitched patchwork box.
    Hand stitched patchwork box.
  • Up-cycled bead and charm necklace.
    Up-cycled bead and charm necklace.
  • Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
    Hand stitched patchwork bracelet.
  • Up-cycled bead earrings.
    Up-cycled bead earrings.
Hand stitched patchwork box.
Hand stitched patchwork box.

Crafting for me is currently a hobby with little financial gain but if I was able to I would love to make a living from it. At the moment I make my living working with children both in Primary school and Nursery. This is very rewarding and I like to use my art skills to teach the children.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is my motto and I love upcycling items that would otherwise be put in the bin or are no longer wanted. I use a wide variety of materials and techniques, which is ever widening. I have recently learnt to crochet and am using my skill to make items for the refugee children who desperately need things to keep them warm when it is cold.

I have a room full of old buttons, broken jewellery, used envelopes and much more. Double sided tape is one of my best friends when making my cards and gift tags. As is needles, thread, my sewing machine and scissors when doing textile work. Not to forget my pliers when doing jewellery work or my new friend the crochet hook, we still need some time to become best friends.

I hope you like my work and if you take something home, it gives you a warm glow knowing you have helped the environment that little bit!