Ceramics on show

The Tolbooth Art Centre in Kirkcudbright is showing an exhibition of ceramics by the Kirkcudbright potter, Tommy Lochhead, together with some pieces by his son Wilson.

The exhibition has been arranged by Val Horton and runs until October 31.

Tommy, often referred to as “the godfather of Scottish studio ceramics”, was one of the first studio potters to set up in Scotland and was a key influence in the development of Scottish ceramics.

Born in 1917, he grew up at Mouswald, Dumfriesshire, and attended Dumfries Academy with Robin Philipson. They both went to Edinburgh College of Art in 1936 and shared digs together. After graduating he left the college in 1941 following a post-diploma year and in 1947 he set up his first kiln at the Old Corn Mill in Kirkcudbright, and remained in the town for the rest of his life. He died in 2005.

Tom was attracted to Kirkcudbright by the lively artistic community, and particularly by his friend Tim Jeffs, an artist and craftsman. Over the years became a leading member of that community. He helped set up a summer school in the town which ran for almost 30 years.

Tom was nicknamed “the prophet” by his fellow Kirkcudbright artist Jessie M King, referring both to his long, flowing hair and his calling as a local evangelical preacher. A committed Christian, a conscientious objector during the Second World War and throughout his early years in Kirkcudbright worked tirelessly to spread the message of the Gospel.

The exhibition is open daily from 11am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. Admission is free.