This Saturday a new exhibition opened at The Barony Centre in West Kilbride. It is to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Scottish Potters Association.
Forty years ago the Scottish Potters Association was born when a group of potters at a trade show realised that sharing information and ideas between each other was vital and enjoyable. In the beginning all they had was enthusiasm. Now boasting a membership of over two hundred and forty, a high quality quarterly newsletter and a website that helps the information sharing spread further the association is a thriving place for ceramics within Scotland.
Eleven members were selected by an external panel to represent the diverse aspects of Scottish ceramics. The works on display to celebrate the forty years of passion will include sculptural and functional pieces, wheel thrown and slip cast, raku fired and wood fired to name but a few. Each exhibitor has been asked to make work that represents the very best of what they do. The selected exhibitors are: Anne Lightwood, Anne Morrison, Brian Cook Shand, Catherine Holtet, Clare Dawdry, Fiona Thompson, Helen Gilmour, Kerstin Gren, Michelle Young Hares, Northumbrian Craft Potters and me.
Alongside this exhibition is a pottery show with a difference. ‘Clay in Miniature’ is open to all members of the Scottish Potters Association and offers up the challenge to create a piece of work no larger than 4x4x4 inches. Harder than it sounds for many potters this has given a fabulous wide ranging display.
The show looks fabulous, Maggie Broadley and her team there have done a wonderful job. Around the space a quotes from members about why they have chosen to work with clay. It’s a bright, open space and the works look stunning in there. I almost didn’t recognise mine at all. It is great to see them out and about in world.
I would highly recommend visiting the show if you get the chance. There are demonstrations on in the show most Saturdays and there are a series of workshops and masterclasses by members during the show too. See the Scottish Potters Association website for details of these.