Pottery launch harks back to the old days ...

Kong Qian at work in her new shop
Kong Qian at work in her new shop

KIRKCALDY’S Gallatown is to have a new pottery for the first time in around 80 years – just yards from the site of three former potteries.

A new shop called the Pottery House, where people can design, make and decorate their own ceramics will open on Rosslyn Street, opposite the ice rink next Saturday (May 11).

The business is being started up by Kong Qian Herd, an art teacher who has worked in ceramics for many years, and who has taught in local schools.

Kong Qian (39), known as Lucy, said: “This is something I have always wanted to do, combining my love of pottery with my love of teaching, and the fact that it will revive a bit of Kirkcaldy’s history is a bonus.”

Visitors can choose from a wide range of unglazed pieces, from vases and mugs to figurines and pots, to decorate to their own design, or make something of their own using a technique called coil pottery, under the guidance of Kong Qian.

Public sessions will take place at certain times, with classes for adults and children and parties for up to ten people.

Kirkcaldy was a main centre of the Scottish pottery industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and Fife Potteries, which made the famous Wemyssware, was directly across from the shop on what is now Pottery Street. The town had four potteries, making products from everyday items to large ornamental pieces.