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Scottish Pottery - some Stirling connections
Heather Jack
Monday 25 September 2017

Lecture starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door £5 (Friends £4) include tea/coffee and biscuits


Heather Jack has been a member of the Scottish Pottery Society for almost thirty years, for most of which she has served on the Council of the Society, and the Committee of the Edinburgh Branch; she is also a member of the Scottish Society for Art History.  Now retired (from the ‘day job’!) she is still active as an independent researcher, speaker and author on subjects related to Scottish Arts and Crafts.  In 2016, she helped to curate two exhibitions in Edinburgh and Helensburgh relating to the Artist-Craftsman Henry Taylor Wyse (1870-1951), and co-authored with Elizabeth Cumming an accompanying book ‘Henry Taylor Wyse, Teacher, Artist, Craftsman’, published by Aberbrothock Imprints in 2016.

Heather will talk about Scottish Pottery and some of its Stirling connections. Well known is the local art pottery of Dunmore, but less so the contribution made by Robert Maclaurin, moving spirit behind the Homesteads movement, to early twentieth century studio potters Hugh Allan (Allander Pottery, Milgavie) and Henry Taylor Wyse (Holyrood Pottery, Edinburgh).   Apart from these 'true potteries', Heather will also look at the art of china-painting – related to, but not synonymous with ‘pottery’ – which was practised around the turn of the twentieth century by local artist Nellie Harvey (1865-1949), and throughout the first half of the century by countless artists inspired directly or indirectly by classes at the Glasgow School of Art, among whom Mary Ramsay (1897-1963), Jessie Wilson (1888-1966), and Maggie McDonald (1889-1964) of the Strathyre Studio (1922-1940) were notable examples.  New information on the Strathyre Studio will shed fresh light on this interesting enterprise.