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Tain pottery produces luxury hand painted ceramics and
stoneware with thistle patterns or designs like Glenaldie in the heart of the
Scottish Highlands. All this high quality pottery is hand-made by skilled craftsmen
and women as well as tiles, mugs, plates and most tableware. These are then
decorated with the famous tartan patterns or we can undertake commissions for
design if you require something special. The dinner services we produce are
hand made and ideal for wedding lists and as individual wedding gifts with a
The pottery is also a top visitor attraction just outside the village of Tain
where another famous’scotch’ product is made, scotch whisky., so
why not pop up to our Highland studio where you can commission some pottery,
a unique ceramic souvenir or Scottish gift for someone special.
Tain pottery is collectable and our hand painted designs ensure no two pieces
are identical. Top sellers include Glenaldie, with its thistle, tartans, tiles,
mugs in all our famous designs:
Shandwick: another "Seaboard Village" looking
across the Moray Firth to Nairn, its beautiful sandy beach surrounded by rock
pools reaming with shellfish.
Calrossie: famous for its Short Horn herd is concealed deep within ancient woodland.
In autumn many varieties of fungi are plentiful amongst the mature beech and
Fearn: its ancient abbey dating back to the 13th century, encircled by rich
fertile farmland and pastures abundant in many varieties of wild flowers.
Cromarty: sheltered by the South Souter, one of the two rocky sentinels guarding
the Firth entrance, the deepest natural harbour in Britain, bottle nose dolphins
are aften seen arcing through the waters.
Scotsburn: high on Tain Hill, forest tracks and hedgerows of bramble fruits,
wild rose hps and rowan berries overlook the Cromarty Firth.
Balintore: the only one of the "Seaboard Villages" with a harbour,
constructed late in the nineteenth century where small vessels sill land catches
of cod, makerel and herring.
Kirksheaf: wheat and barley flourish in fields surrounding the old church and
burial ground of St Duthus, a once favoured place of pilgrimage.
Our inventory or range of Scottish gifts, tableware (all
hand painted) include:
tea mug,teapot,water jug,wee bowl,wee dish,wee jar & cork,wee jar &
lid,wee jug,wee mug,wee pot cover,wee vase flared,wee vase round,bread crock,burns
charger,burns tattie & neeps dish,casserole 8 pint,charger,cheese dome,harvest
dish,harvest jug,large flan dish,large jug,large lamp,large vase round,large
vase tall,medium jug,medium lamp,medium vase,pasta dish,salad bowl,serving dish,serving
plate,wee flan dish as well as bespoke handmade items and tiles.
The Tain Pottery, now firmly established as one of the largest Scottish ceramic
manufacturers offers this range of products created by traditional craft technique
and skill. The ware has been developed by a team of artisans including two potters
who between them have more than 50 years experience creating craft ceramics.
The products cover quite diverse methods and techniques, from hand built and
thrown through jiggered and jollied to extruded and pressed. The principal clay
body used is stoneware first formulated in 1981. It is fired to vitrification
at 1280 degrees centigrade, to eliminate porosity and can be used in microwaves,
ovens, freezers and dishwashers. The range of glazes used revolve around a tin
glaze first concocted in 1978 and then modified to fit the white stoneware body,
tried and tested!
The Tain Pottery original designs, all hand painted: continue to evolve with
the passing of time... subtle changes effected in the pursuit of excellence.
New designs such as tartans are added to broaden the range of colour and hue.
It is easy to see where the inspiration comes from, just look around, such an
abundance, we are spoilt for choice. Indeed we are fortunate to live in an area
so rich in natural beauty, each season offering a fresh collage of stimuli.
In fact there is a genuine surplus of ideas within the core of decoration design,
so much we have only scratched the surface with our current efforts; this must
bode well for the future of Tain Pottery.
Tain Pottery also cater for wholesale orders. Wholesalers
should simply email or call the usual numbers. Special commissions of golf or
golfing motifs and crests can be arranged as can your clan tartan.
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