The Kelso Pottery was set up in 1970 by Ian and Elizabeth Hird. Both studied at Edinburgh College of Art.
Ian`s range of domestic stoneware (fired to 1300 degrees centigrade)
includes mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, vases and baking dishes.
These are richly decorated with impressions of the ever- changing
colours and light of the Border Landscape.
Elizabeth`s work combines throwing and hand-building techniques to create animals, birds and figures.
In 1988 Ian designed and had built an outdoor Pit-Kiln. Using various firing techniques from Portugal, Japan, Korea and Crete. He has created a range of low temperature(1100 degrees centigrade) pieces called “Time Tablets.” These are impressed with oats or barley or reeds or bracken along with designs from the prehistoric period up to the present day.
Before firing each piece is wrapped in straw,oats,barley etc. and placed in the kiln which smothers and traps the ash “flashing” new patterns onto the clay. The combination of carefully-wrought surface decoration and the unpredictable effects of the firing makes each piece unique.
Anyone planning to come from a long distance please phone ahead, in case we are having a Senior Citizen`s day out.