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Cumnock Pottery

Cumnock Pottery

The town of Cumnock in East Ayrshire has been associated with pottery production for many years. From the late 18th century up until the early 20th century the towns name was connected with a particular type of pottery made from local clay, which was inscribed with sayings and quips written in the 'Auld Scots tongue'. This 'motto-ware' was normally brown clay ware with a cream coloured panel or 'slip' which the potter had inscribed with the motto using a stylus. The ceramics were then finished off by being coated with a translucent, lead glaze tinted with iron oxide which left the product with a warm amber colour after it was fired.

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