The Scottish Potters Association (SPA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with Scottish Potters – 40 Years, an exhibition highlighting and celebrating the diversity of Scottish ceramics.
Forty years ago the SPA 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 the association is a thriving place for ceramics within Scotland.
The exhibition includes a wide selection of work with sculptural and functional pieces, wheel thrown and slip cast, raku fired and wood fired. Eleven members were selected to show their work, Anne Lightwood, Anne Morrison, Brian Cook Shand, Catherine Holtet, Clare Dawdry, Fiona Thompson, Helen Gilmour, Kerstin Gren, Michelle Young Hares and Hannah McAndrew.
The pots by Anne Morrison, who trained at Glasgow School of Art, are thrown or handbuilt and raku fired with white crackle or flamed copper surfaces and with added driftwood or other found objects collected from the shores of the Clyde.
The work by Kerstin Gren from Portsoy in Banff has simplicity and stillness, which comes from her Scandinavian origins. She has recently been working with boat forms and shapes.
She uses a mix of raku firing and smoke firing to achieve the natural colours and decorates with natural earth pigments and clays with different colours that she has collected from different landscapes over many years.
Alongside this exhibition is Clay in Miniature which was open to all members of the SPA who were challenged to create a piece of work no larger than 4x4x4 inches giving a fabulous wide ranging display. There are also miniature works by Northumbrian Craft Potters.
Throughout the exhibition there are workshops and demonstrations for adults and children, beginners and those with some knowledge, given by experienced members of the association. Information on their website www.scottishpotters.orgSee & Buy: Scottish Potters – 40 Years
Until 14 September 2014
Barony Centre, 50 Main Street, West Kilbride, KA23 9AR
Mon to Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 5pm