Alastair Hodgson, Ardencaple Pottery, Helensburgh, Scotland (not Aller)

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Post by NaomiM July 15th 2013, 7:32 pm

Came across this pot which bears the label for Ardencaple Pottery, Helensburgh. In Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

It has an A in a square stamp on the foot rim, which is very similar to the stamp for Aller Pottery. But the clay for this Ardencaple pot is a reddish brown rather than the grogg-filled grey typical of Aller pottery.


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Post by Johners2000 April 24th 2017, 9:34 am

Just spotted this one on ebay - which may shed some light.

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Post by Andrew Hodgson September 14th 2020, 10:07 pm

My parents ran Ardencaple Pottey from about 1970 to 1979. It was originally Broomhill Pottery on the Isle of Arran until about 1974 when they relocated to the mainland in Helensburgh. In around 1978 it relocated again to Crianlarich, folding shortly afterwards. Those dates are based on me remembering my age at various times events happened, so could be out by 12 months or so.
In the Helensburgh days it was based in the outbuildings of Ardencaple farmhouse and at one point shared a craft shop called ‘Harmonium’ in the town centre with a number of other craft makers. I recall a leatherworker, but my memory is hazy on anything else. They also had trade orders with a variety of other craft shops around Scotland. I believe the red earthenware body is earlier, and they switched to a grey stoneware one later. If I recall rightly it was something of an epic undertaking to clean everything properly to do the switch!
Almost all of the pottery was thrown by my mother, with my dad doing handles, glazing and firing. All of the glazes were his own recipes.
I’ve attached a few photos of a stoneware jug I have from the time.


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Post by Andrew Hodgson September 14th 2020, 10:08 pm

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Post by NaomiM September 15th 2020, 12:37 am

Fantastic info. Many thanks for sharing Most Excellent

I wonder how many of the stoneware pieces have been misattributed to Aller Pottery, which has a similar A stamp

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Post by Andrew Hodgson September 16th 2020, 8:40 pm

That may be, true.
Here’s a shot of my mum throwing. The pots in front of the wheel are lamp bases which were quite popular. My dad wired them up by hand. In the background you can see more examples of my mums throwing style. My dad threw straighter sided pots. I can’t find a photo of his right now, but will post one when I come across it. The bonnie wee lad holding the clay is me!
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Post by NaomiM September 16th 2020, 11:53 pm

Great photo Most Excellent

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Post by Andrew Hodgson September 27th 2020, 6:23 pm

This is a photo of a red earthenware piece thrown by my Dad. As you can see it’s straighter sided. This may help in identifying Ardencaple vs Aller.

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Post by Andrew Hodgson September 27th 2020, 6:26 pm

To clarify, my Dad also threw stoneware pieces.
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Post by denbydump September 27th 2020, 7:10 pm

Thank you for sharing this invaluable information.
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Post by NaomiM September 27th 2020, 7:17 pm

Excellent Most Excellent

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Post by NaomiM October 20th 2023, 7:00 pm

Came across a vase stamped A. Hodgson, Arran, Kitty Hall. Just adding in the hopes that someone knows who (or what) Kitty Hall was

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Post by Andrew Hodgson October 21st 2023, 8:57 am

I’d love to see a picture of the vase.
Alastair Hodgson is my dad, and Kitty (Katharine) Hall is my mum. Hall is her maiden name so the vase must date from the very early days of the pottery.
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Post by NaomiM October 21st 2023, 2:08 pm

Great info, thank you. Most Excellent I've messaged you the details

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Post by Andrew Hodgson October 26th 2023, 11:56 am

My dad was delighted to see the vase again after all these years and bought it from the auction site.
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Post by Andrew Hodgson October 26th 2023, 11:58 am

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Post by Andrew Hodgson October 26th 2023, 12:05 pm

These are the marks on the base.


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Post by NaomiM October 26th 2023, 1:30 pm

Andrew Hodgson wrote:My dad was delighted to see the vase again after all these years and bought it from the auction site.

That's wonderful Most Excellent

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