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Scottish Pottery: Art and Innovation

A small display that brought together key objects from National Museums Scotland’s collection from an important time in Scottish industrial history, it told the story of some of the people who embarked on this journey of industrialisation.
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3 February - 25 June 2017


National Museum of Scotland, Exhibition Gallery 4, Level 1, Grand Gallery

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Over 250 years ago Scottish industry began producing a wide range of pottery, from everyday ware to exotic decorative pieces. Potteries established by Scottish entrepreneurs sprung up around the Forth and Clyde regions, as well as further afield.

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    Adrienne, Assistant Curator of Scottish History and Archaeology selects Umbrella Stand from storage in the National Museums Collection Centre. The Cabbage roses on this late 19th century piece are one of the most recognisable Wemyss Ware designs.

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    Imported porcelain was very popular in the 18th century and British potteries were keen to make a similar product with a pure white base. James Watt was instrumental in Delftfield's ability to produce fine wares such as these.

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    In 1790s Delftfield began producing black ware known as 'Egyptian Black'. This piece is exceptionally rare as it is one of only two known marked pieces made by the pottery.

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    This jug probably made by Newbigging Pottery in Musselburgh is a rare example of elaborately decorated brown stoneware, a material normally used for jars and bottles.

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