The ceramics we produce are mainly hand thrown on the wheel, including a full range of wood fired domestic ware and some individual pieces. All of the ceramics on display are made on the premises; most are thrown using our stoneware clay, some of our more contemporary pieces are made from our porcelain body.
Work can be seen at:
Argyll Pottery Gallery/Showroom is open to the public all year round except for the Christmas and New Year weeks.
Anyone is welcome to come and see us at work although as we are a working pottery you will understand that for three quarters of the time we are not actually throwing pots on the wheel as there are many other things we have to do in the 4 to 6 week making cycle such as turning, clay making, hand painting, glazing, packing and unpacking the kiln as well as the kiln firing itself which we would rather not be disturbed from when we fire as it takes quite a lot of concentration.
This does not interfere with the Gallery/showroom opening times.
See also website for a full range of work for sale.
Some commissions undertaken, Occasional exhibitions, Member of the Scottish Potters Association and the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
The pots are fired to a temperature of 1300`C in our 65cubic foot wood burning kiln so that the raw pots are either glazed by the fly Woodash as the flame licks around the chamber or as with most of our glazed pieces the Woodash affects the colour and texture of our granite, dolomite and rutile glazes to add to their lustre and in some cases change their colour completely.
1979-1984 - After a summer job at Appin Pottery in 1978 I was fortunate enough to get an apprenticeship under the tuition of Joe Finch, proprietor of Appin Pottery including 6 months under Ray Finch MBE (Joes` father) at Winchcombe Pottery (1980-81).
1984-1987 - I worked with Joe as his assistant for about a year then he and his wife Trudi moved to New Radnor in Wales, I managed Appin Pottery for him until they wanted to move to a larger place and so had to sell Appin to realise this. Rather than move to Wales myself I decided to set up on my own just down the road in Barcaldine.
1988- to now - Set up Argyll Pottery near Oban on the main A828 road, employing 2 Assistants, Hugh who started as my Apprentice and Pam who mainly looks after the showroom and books etc, once in a while we have taken on the odd Art student for the summer.
2004-5 Exhibited in Clay in Bloom with the Scottish potters association
which travelled all over Scotland starting at the Edinburgh Royal
Botanic`s during the Edinburgh Festival, also in Teapots of Taste,
Queens Gallery Dundee and at the Clay on the Way exhibition Lillie
27th October - 18th November 2006: Solo exhibition at the Leith Gallery Edinburgh.
25th November - 31st December 2006: Argyll Boxed Collection at An Tobar Mull going on to Oban Cal Mac building in January March then to Campbell Town April 2007.
3rd March - 2nd May 2007 Primavera exhibition at the Galleria Luti in Callander.