The original Coll Pottery began back in 1967, and at its height was a major employer in the area, exporting goods worldwide. It finally closed its doors in March 2009 leaving the pottery buildings to the mercy of the damp, and windy Hebridean weather.
In October 2017, we purchased the now almost derelict buildings, having outgrown our previous studio space in South Uist, we are:
Stella Whittle - Solus Studio Glass,
Alan Whittle - Alan Whittle Ceramics,
Aidan Whittle - Aidan's Forge,
Angharad Whittle - Sidheil Design.
After a long, busy, and expensive winter, the old pottery finally reopened on May 17 2018, as a Craft Centre and Tearoom. We have two galleries which feature the work of all four residents, as well as a few other local artists. All items for sale in our galleries are guaranteed to be made in the Outer Hebrides - they don't get in otherwise.
The Oystercatcher Tearoom is small and intimate, we serve barista coffees and light refreshments. Our cakes and soups are made in house, and our baked potatoes are oven-baked, not a microwave in sight.
New for 2019
We are adding the work of new, local jewellery designers to our galleries.
Lews Castle College UHI in Stornoway offers NC and HNC courses in Jewellery. Graduates of the college are being offered the chance to display and sell their work at the pottery,