ARE you potty about pottery? Wrap up your wares and bring them down to the ‘Pottery Antique Roadshow’, a new attraction for this year’s Victorian Street Fair in Bo’ness.
Experts will be on hand to advise on the history and value of your items and there is a chance to find out more about the town’s pottery heritage too.
At the roadshow, this Sunday, May 26, in the large community room above Bo’ness Library (noon-4pm) you can also buy Bo’ness and other Scottish pottery pieces.
One lucky visitor will even win an item of Bo’ness pottery in a free prize draw - no purchase is necessary, just leave your name and contact details at the roadshow.
Barbara and Douglas Bowie, members of the Scottish Pottery Society, will be joined by Robert Jardine, an authority on Bo’ness pottery.
Robert, from Corbiehall, will give a glimpse into his own extensive collection, which features an impressive 1200-odd pieces.
Robert’s pieces range from car boot and market finds to online buys from as far afield as India, America and Australia.
His collection, boasting dinnerware, vases and wally dugs, has now extended from his dining room into an attic display.
The quality supervisor at DKL Metals in Linlithgow told the Journal and Gazette how it all started: “It was purely accidental.
“My wife and I were in St Andrews and there was an antique fair in the town hall. I had absolutely no interest in anything like that but I said, ‘let’s go and have a look’.
“I saw a plate with a wee ticket saying ‘Bo’ness plate’.
“The seller said, ‘that’s Bo’ness pottery, it’s yours for a fiver’. I thought, ‘I’ll take that, a wee bit of local history’.
“I was really content with it. At that time, they did antique fairs in the Linlithgow Burgh Halls. We saw one advertised in the Journal and I got something at that, and that was it.”
While Robert’s avid collecting days are over he would never rule out new additions.
“It’s definitely the local connection that has me hooked,” he said.
In its heyday at the end of the 19th century, there were three potteries in the town at Bridgeness, Grangepans and The Bog. Bridgeness was the last to close, in 1958.
Ahead of the roadshow event (free admission), check out Robert’s website at www.bonesspottery.co.uk