The Old Pottery

The Art Gallery & the Pottery were originally next door to each other and were part of the farm complex at Wester Grangemuir, Pittenweem - Hence the name Pittenweem Pottery. We had a good time there but were asked to vacate the premises as estate workers were to be moved in with their heavy equipment. This was a bit of a wrench since we had parted with good money in enhancing the properties and Garden and were given little notice by Toby Anstruther and Balcaskie Estate. Toby didn't like references to The Highland Clearances, but that's how it felt for us at the time. However, pottery is very therapeutic and we can't stay in the past.

It took two months to prepare this space and make it accessible for wheel-chair users too. Many visitors during the Pittenweem Festival commented that this raises the standard to which other venues should aspire.

Making the Gallery functional was a high priority so as to get it ready for the hundreds of visitors during the Pittenweem arts Festival. Using the outhouse next to the Gallery proves to be a much better solution. For one, visitors can watch pots being thrown or decorated, or can simply have a look at where it all starts. It's been a joy to see young children get enthused and want to become potters when they visit the pottery. 

Steve has come up with his own versions of archaic looking pottery. Indeed, one archaeologist asked if the pot on this page  (terracotta) was Samian ware. Terra sigillata is also a term associated with Samian Ware, meaning that it would be finished with a gloss sheen, not by glaze but through polishing prior to firing and after firing, or by using a special slip and gently buffing. This made the vessel more desirable especially as it would hold water better and improved the aesthetics. 

Steve in the new but old workshop. Plenty of room, a plumbed in sink, electrics and plenty of benches and storage space. Best of all, the floor is a sloping concrete floor which is ideal for washing.

For those familiar with the wise & foolish virgins is a Pittenweem version of the Romano style oil lamps used in the first century B.C.E. Based on archaeological finds, historian's have assured me that I have the correct scale for the lamp.

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Above, this pot in Romano style has had a first firing.

There's nothing green about these items. Made from Buff, white and black clays, with Graeco/Romano influence and of course, the Egyptian figure.

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The pottery before it was fully organized.

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