Jul 6 2012 Dumfries Standard Friday
A TALENTED potter came all the way from America to show craftmakers in the Stewartry how to make traditional British teapots.
American potter Dan Finnegan of Fredericksburgh, Virginia, recently spent the day in Castle Douglas teaching a pottery workshop to a group of Scottish Potters' Association members.
Dan was invited to teach the workshop in Kelton, Castle Douglas by local potter Hannah McAndrew who had herself taught at Dan’s Liberty Town Arts Workshop in Virginia in April 2011.
Dan trained at the world renown Winchcombe Pottery in the Cotswolds before setting up his own workshop back in Virginia in 1980 where he has made functional salt glazed pottery ever since.
His love for the British tradition of drinking tea has led him to create teapots in all sorts of shapes and sizes for the enjoyment of that refreshing British cuppa.
A spokesperson for the event said: “Dan did find it rather amusing to be coming here to teach teapot making.
“It was fascinating to see the ways that Dan works, his inspirations often come from medieval British pottery which are also often the starting point of Hannah’s work too but they way they both treat their pieces from thereafter is vastly different.”
The Scottish Potters Association hold a variety of workshop days and weekends throughout the year that members are invited to come to.
This workshop drew members from as far afield as Skye and Cromarty to make the trip to this beautiful corner of Galloway to be treated to Dan’s tales and tips and charming banter.
Dan and Hannah will be exhibiting alongside each other in May 2013 as invited guests of the Minnesota Pottery Tour.