Gillipaw's Journal

By Gillipaw

Throwing Oil Jars at Crail Pottery

No trip to Crail is complete without a visit to the Pottery. Having spent a tidy sum upstairs in the shop, I asked if I could have a peep inside the Pottery.

We were warmly welcomed and watched this talented lady create oil jars in a matter of minutes. We learned about the process of firing, glazing, and then a further firing. We also watched the clay being prepared, and painting of the final products. It's a family business, and doing well.

From here we drove on to Loch Leven, and undeterred by yesterday's boat trip, booked another out to the castle on an island, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. After our history lesson, we proceeded to the RSPB site further down the Loch at Vane Farm, and enjoyed visiting three hides, observing herons, geese, curlew, crested grebe, lapwing and greenfinches.

A sense of achievement that over this weekend, we've used our National Trust, Historic Scotland and RSPB memberships to good effect.


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