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About Us

Buchlyvie Pottery is a working pottery, a shop and charming coffee shop, all under one roof

Hand painted tiles, commemorative plates, hand painted porcelain tableware, unique hand built porcelain giftware and fine ceramic jewellery now available online and from the shop in Buchlyvie.

Dresser display hand painted porcelain bluegrass design.

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Meet the potter – Alison Borthwick


Founder of Buchlyvie Pottery Shop, Alison Borthwick studied ceramics and printmaking at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen from 1978 – 1982. She returned to Glasgow to set up her pottery business in Glasgow in 1983 where she started building up her range of hand made porcelain tableware, giftware and lighting. In 1989 Alison moved her family and business to the beautiful village of Buchlyvie to expand into retail. Having recently celebrated 30 YEARS in the pottery business Alison Borthwick Porcelain now produces no less than 5 extensive ranges in original designs, beautifully hand painted by Alison herself.

Using a variety of techniques largely inspired by Japanese paintings and brushstrokes plus striking use of underglaze colours. each piece in hand carved or skillfully painted then fired to a final temperature of 1280 centigrade. The high temperature produces a finish both robust and translucent and allows the items to be Oven, Dishwasher and Microwave Proof.

Buchlyvie Pottery Coffee Shop

Reflecting our ethos of using only quality materials and local produce, all meals and dishes on offer in the Coffee Kiln are hand made on the premises. Come and enjoy a lovely cup of coffee and homebaking or lunch whilst browsing our goods. Sample our fine porcelain tableware before buying – a truely unique experience!

Buchlyvie lies just 20 miles north of Glasgow on the A811 halfway btween Stirling and Loch Lomond. There are some good traditional pubs in the village plus a stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Make a day of it and come and see us for yourself. A warm welcome awaits.

The coffee shop



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Mattie the pottery dog