Pottery bottle kilns

Contributed by Portobello History Society

Pottery bottle kilns

These pottery kilns are the last remaining buildings of the pottery industry in Scotland. As such, they are a vital part of Scottish industrial heritage and deserve to be recognised world wide. Situated in Portobello, Edinburgh, they are the only reminder of our community's industrial history and we are determined to ensure their future care and maintenance. Portobello Heritage Trust has been formed with their initial project being to secure the future of the kilns. We are working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council to take this forward. Membership is open to individuals, groups and companies world wide and we welcome support from our own and the wider community.

These kilns fired objects created by the potters in Buchan's Pottery, which was located in Portobello for over one hundred years before relocating in 1972. Originally utilitarian objects such as ginger beer bottles, whisky flagons and hot water bottles were produced before innovative ideas led to the creation of decorative tableware of various patterns and colours, some of outstanding quality. These objects are much sought after today and provide an insight into the skills of these craft workers.

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  • 1. At 22:03 on 15 October 2010, kathleenq12 wrote:

    I think I have a whisky flagon from Buchan's Pottery, where can I learn more about it?

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left kiln 1909 right kiln 1906


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