Online shop closed until the spring

Although you can view examples of my work on the gallery page, as of now, November 2013, it will not be possible to buy my work here. I will be away from the workshop for a few months but will update the gallery and online shop with new work in the spring. All the best, Simon. 

Simon Thorborn
Simon Thorborn


I have been living and working as a potter on Arran since 1986 and in the spring of 1998 I set up the pottery and gallery at the balmichael visitor center in shiskine. In 2012 I relocated to Old Byre Showroom at Machrie.

My pots
bowl decorated with black and cream slips under a copper chun glaze

I had a very useful conversation with a very talented and enlightened potter/sculptor,(Christy keeney,google him he's ace!) about ten years ago.My head was down a bit and  I was having a bit of a moan.he asked me" what do you like making the most" and I said "bowls"he said "then go back to your workshop and make bowls my son" I said "okay" so  I did and I never looked back.

I still make many other functional pieces which hopefully you will be able to look at and buy on this site, now that I have been dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st century and forced myself to get the hang of this bloody computer lark.

At the moment I am loving the marks that a bold brush stroke can make using coloured slips,(liquid clay) and hope that you can still detect some of that fluidity in the finished/fired work .

Raku vase with wax resist and yellow craquelle glaze

Raku is a term used to determine the firing process.Originaly a Japanese thechnique used in conjunction with the tea ceremony,western potters have embraced and developed Raku.The process envolves extracting the pot from the kiln while it is still hot (about 1000 oc) and treating it by burying the piece in sawdust, newspaper or any other organic material that you fancy,for startling glaze effects.  

Painted Silks
Hand painted origonal  earthenware tile by Margaret Gruber.

As well as pottery I now produce hand painted silk scarves, wall hangings, cards and framed silk paintings.

Hand painted silks by Margaret Gruber

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