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Contact Details

Studio: Argyll Pottery, Barcaldine, By Oban, Argyll, Scotland, PA37 1SQ. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1631 720503
Email:
Web-site: www.argyllpottery.co.uk
Availability: Our opening times all year round are
10am - 6pm week days
2pm - 5pm Saturday
Closed Sunday

Directions:
The pottery is situated by the southern shore of Loch Creran some 8 miles north of Oban on the A828 road to Fort William

Blog: alanfromargyllpottery.blogspot.com

It is with great sadness that I have heard of the death of Alan Gaff in a motorbike accident on Monday 15th September 2008. He was a kind, generous and very talented person who will be greatly missed.

Last Updated: 2014-01-14

Current work

Current work

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.

Other information:

Some commissions undertaken, Occasional exhibitions, Member of the Scottish Potters Association and the Guild of Master Craftsmen.

Technical Information

Technical Information

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.

History

History

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.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

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 Gallery, Milngavie.
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.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Stoneware
Porcelain
Thrown
Tenmoku
Teapots
Kitchen & Tableware
Animals and Birds