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'The Decorators of Portobello' Residency with Nicky Bird

29 February 2020 until 8 March 2020
Bridge Street, Portobello

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This residency from Nicky Bird focuses on a group of women who once worked as decorators for Buchan & Co Thistle potteries in the late 1960s to 1972. Mostly in their teens, the women painted thistles, among other motifs, in workshops near to the present day site of the kilns in Portobello. Each decorator would have her own mark that she would put at the bottom of any pottery she decorated.

‘The Decorators’ residency directly collaborated with a number of these women. By paying attention to voice, image, pattern on pottery including
the marker on its base, the residency produced a series of events and site-specific related artwork that teased out the significance of stories of the decorators, and how in their own subtle way, they continue to leave a mark on the Portobello landscape.

Events Include:
Sat/Sun Feb 29th & March 1st, 7th, 8th 11am-3pm
Kiln open featuring the voices of three Decorators with accompanying outdoor visual artworks.

Sat Feb 29th 3.30-5pm
Celebrating ‘The Decorators’ Tea Party
Opportunity to share pots, stories & other memorabilia @The Wash House, Adelphi Grove. Bring along any Buchan pots and you might meet its Decorator! Welcome Introduction from Margaret Munro, Portobello Heritage Trust.

Sun 1st 12noon & Sat 7th March 2pm
Kiln Artist Walks with Nicky Bird
Come & hear all about Nicky’s residency and ‘The Decorators’ project.


About 'The Decorators' Project


Posted by: Rosy Naylor

Image courtesy: Mairi Fortuna

Image courtesy: Mairi Fortuna