woodland pottery

About Woodland Pottery

Woodland Pottery & Crafts came under new ownership to Amanda MacDonald on the 24th November 2018.

Previous owner Mandy Crooks had decided to pass on her pottery crown as Mandy and her husband are going travelling around Britain and Europe. I wish them all the best.

Mandy has kindly and patiently taught me over the last year all about slip casting, glazing and firing the kiln.

I have a back ground in arts and crafts, making ornamental black houses, figurines and animals, all made from stone powder, set in moulds and hand painted, selling them around the local Craft Fairs and Agricultural Shows.

Before taking on Woodland Pottery & Crafts I attended a business course in Inverness with Highland Gateway.

I do not use a potters wheel instead I use a method that is usually associated with an industrial pottery: SLIP-CASTING. This method involves the use of moulds made of plaster of paris into which liquid clay (SLIP) is poured or normal (PLASTIC) clay is moulded. Whilst this method result in the exact repetition of the basic form it does allow for each piece to be individually hand painted. In some cases the basic cast form is then altered by hand moulding to give the final piece.

I use white earthenware clay which although is not watertight in itself, it is when glazed. All the glazes I use are LEAD FREE and the decoration is gained by the use of metal oxides: cobalt to give vibrant blues; copper oxide for green; and various iron oxides for the browns. Other colours used, such as grey, black, yellow and red are made from a combination of metal oxides.

The colour designs are hand painted onto the raw base glaze before it is fired. This means that the colour sinks right into the glaze during firing and therefore it will not peel off with time.

The use of lead free glaze means that all the pottery is 'food safe'.

How to find Woodland Pottery:

Woodland Pottery & Crafts is located in the village of Strontian, next to Strontian Stores and tourist office.

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www.selfcateringstrontian.co.uk - Bramble Cottage self catering in Strontian

www.westhighlandcrafts.co.uk - Arts & Crafts for sale based in Strontian

www.westhighlandchalet.co.uk - Self catering in Ardnamurchan

www.ardnamurchan.com - Ardnamurchan Tourist Association

Amanda MacDonald :: Woodland Pottery :: Strontian :: Ardnamurchan :: Lochaber :: Argyll :: Scotland
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