Archie McCallnew collection

Archie McCall’s work is richly decorated with glaze, pigments and lustre. The motifs are developed from the observation of the natural environment and often represent the evolution of organic forms.
Archie was born and brought up in Dumfries and has been a potter for over forty-five years.
A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, he taught Ceramics firstly at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then at The Glasgow School of Art for over twenty–five years, during which time he became Head of Ceramics and subsequently Programme Leader for all the BA(Hons) Programmes in the School of Design.
The work is usually thrown, in both stoneware and porcelain, and richly decorated. The surfaces are built up using layer-upon-layer of glazes and oxides then fired to 1300 degrees centigrade in a gas kiln. A further firing at 780 degrees centigrade is required to fuse the gold or other lustres to the final piece.
“Over many years I have been interested in the relationship between forms and motifs, which have been developed from observation of the natural world and then distilled into a personal iconography. However, this year I have also created a series of monochromatic pieces which rely on the expression of form alone.”