Archie McCall retired from teaching at the Glasgow School of Art in 2011 after twenty-five years as lecturer, Head of Ceramics and latterly as Programme Leader for the BA(Hons) Programmes in the School of Design. He has lectured, delivered workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, Australia, New Zealand and Hungary. He has now returned to full-time making at his home in New Abbey, near Dumfries.
The work is usually thrown and made in both stoneware and porcelain, richly decorated using motifs which have been developed and distilled from observation of the landscape and the natural world, particularly those of the south-west of Scotland.
“I hope the pots and their surfaces are filled with life; of things being born, growing, and maturing; things that have come from the earth and to which they will eventually return.”
The surfaces are built up using layer-upon-layer of glazes and oxides, then fired to 1300 degrees centigrade. A further firing at 780 degrees centigrade is required to fuse the gold or other lustres to the final piece.
“ I enjoy the challenges of painting directly onto the surface of the pots. Once started there’s no going back and no second chance – the marks either make sense or they don’t. The addition of gold or other lustres allows me to refer to the sudden changes of light which we are familiar in this part of the world”.
Archie’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections in the UK and abroad.