The Potter of Leith – wheel thrown stoneware

Andy Lang (The Potter of Leith) produces high-fired stoneware and is currently based within The Bridge Collective at St. Margaret’s House, London Road, Edinburgh.

He holds a BA in Design (Ceramics) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and has been a tutor in Community Education for 35 years. He currently runs three evening classes per week at Leith Academy.

He specialises in wheel thrown ware, both functional and decorative. Functional ware is created with the user in mind, acknowledging oriental traditional concepts of design and unity of form.

Inspirations include Roman, ancient Sumerian, Etruscan and medieval ceramics.

The majority of his glazes are based on wood ash or bone ash. Wood ash is harvested from the burning of scrap hardwood and garden waste here in Leith and also from the oil-drum braziers at The Pitt. Bone ash is sourced commercially! Commissions are welcome.

The Potter of Leith is currently seeking workshop premises in Leith , where he plans to install a gas-fired reduction kiln, opening up a huge range of alternative colours, finishes and effects. Classes and one-to-one tuition will be on offer as well as work space rental. A number of class spaces will be reserved for NHS referrals where pottery and clay work are anticipated to be of therapeutic value to the individual.

Andy has work in public collections including The McManus Gallery, Dundee and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.