|The Scottish Potters Association arranged a visit to the National Museums Collection Centre ceramics department of the Museum of Scotland. Stored at two sites in Edinburgh, I was in the group visiting the English, continental and contemporary department in Granton. We were lead upstairs and downstairs, along corridors and through great hangar like rooms full of vast machinery awaiting conservation. Finally reaching one of the rooms which houses the ware. Cupboards lining the walls and in a central block of back to back cupboards which were unlocked as requested and left open for us to handle pieces the like of which I have only ever seen before in books and behind glass.||I felt just like the little pot below.|
|English Medieval lead glazed cup, 4 inches high - I'm in love.|
|Watering can, about 18 inches high|
|Detail of the handle|
|English 13th -14th century, buff earthenware, lead glaze|
|ditto, with impressed panels of deer, 20 inches high|
It was such a treat to handle these pots. The collections are public and the curators were very insistent that we come back again, that's what they are there for.