2014 sees the Scottish Potters Association celebrate their 40th anniversary with an exhibition which will celebrate and acknowledge the many and varied techniques and skills that Scottish ceramics has to offer.

'Scottish Potters - 40 Years' will be held at the award winning Barony Centre, part of Craft Town Scotland, in West Kilbride from July 11th to September 14th 2014.

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, Cathrine Holtet, Clare Dawdry, Fiona Thompson, Helen Gilmour, Kerstin Gren, Michelle Young Hares, Northumbrian Craft Potters and Hannah McAndrew.

'Amongst the selected Scottish Potters members, it’s exciting to see potters from all decades and even a member who was at the creation of the SPA 40 years ago (Anne Lightwood). From a lump of clay they have created a diverse and vibrant range of enticing objects, demonstrating all areas of both technique and creativity.'  Scottish Potters Association Chair, Camilla Garrett-Jones.

Alongside this exhibition will be 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 will give a fabulous wide ranging display.

Throughout the exhibition there will be workshops and demonstrations for adults and children, beginners and those with some knowledge, given by members of the association. Dates for these are currently being confirmed.

The Scottish Potters – 40 Years exhibition will complement The Barony Centre’s programme for 2014-15 which aims to celebrate Scottish craft and fruitful collaborations between Scottish makers and artists, designers and makers worldwide.  The Barony Centre provides an inspirational setting for exhibitors and visitors.

" I am delighted to welcome this exhibition to the Barony Centre, an important part of the SPA’s programme of events celebrating 40 years as a membership organization. Congratulations to those involved this year, and in every year of its history.  It is inspiring that all SPA activities and events are planned and delivered by volunteers from its membership.

Lara Scobie, Ceramicist and lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Elinor Gallant, Exhibitions Manager at the Royal Botanics, Edinburgh, joined me on the exhibition selection panel.  My thanks to them both for a most enjoyable and inspiring experience - what a pleasure to sit for a day and discuss nothing but ceramics.

Those who work with clay come to it through various routes; ceramics as a discipline provides endless opportunities to explore form, function and personal expression.   I believe the work selected reflects the breadth of approaches and showcases artistry and innovation as well as technical skill. I am sure the resultant exhibition is one the SPA will be rightly proud of".

Maggie M Broadley, Craft Town Scotland Executive Director.

An accompanying programme of demonstraitons and workshops, led by SPA members, will take place throughout the exhibition period.

Hannah McAndrew Workshop

(Hannah has won the craft & design Maker of the Year Award 2014)

Saturday 19th July 2014

Childrens’ Workshop - £5

10.30am – 12.30pm

Come and play with clay and decorate using coloured slips

Adult Workshop - £5

1.30pm – 4pm

Demonstration and hands on slipware techniques

Brian Cook Shand Demonstration

Saturday 16th August 2014

Constructive Throwing - £10

10.30pm – 4pm

Brian will demonstrate a variety of throwing skills learned over 40 years of potting.

Michelle Young-Hares Demonstration

Saturday 30th August 2014

Handbuilding - £10

Michelle’s handbuilding methods explore textured, thrown and altered forms

Moira Ferguson and Ann Brooks Workshops

Saturday 13th September 2014

Children’s Workshop Age 7 to 12, £5 each session

10.30am -12.30pm and 1.30 – 3.30pm

Come and play with clay and make animals and pots


Bookings will be handled by The Barony Centre, please book in advance by emailing: info@crafttownscotland.org or calling 01294 829179