The Potter's Craft - An Ayrshire Story

Date Occurs 11/05/2019 - 31/08/2019
Time During opening hours
Age range
Admission FREE

During the 19th century, Ayrshire was at the forefront of Scotland’s industrial revolution. The key to the region’s industrial development lay below the ground where valuable minerals had been deposited over three hundred million years ago. Coal and ironstone were mined along with fireclay – a material whose heat resistance made it suitable for lining the furnaces in which iron was smelted. But this clay was versatile and was used by Ayrshire manufacturers to create a variety of products ranging from building materials to garden ornaments.

A source of clay which had been laid down in more recent times, gave rise to the manufacture of the well-known local product – Cumnock Ware. Along with Cumnock Ware, this exhibition features other examples of Ayrshire’s ceramic industry while taking a look at examples of the potter’s art from other cultures around the world and over the centuries.

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Venue Information

  • Baird Institute
  • 3 Lugar Street
  • Cumnock
  • East Ayrshire
  • KA18 1AD
  • Tel: 01290 427084
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Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12.30-4.40pm & 5pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Wheelchair access Yes
Disabled toilet facilities Yes
Car parking nearby Yes
Temporary & permanent museum & art displays Yes
Displays of key local industries - mining & iron Yes
Research Lab with maps, photographs & other documents Yes
Contemporary and fine art displays Yes
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