Harray Potter

Practical, affordable and aesthetically pleasing pottery

Andrew Appleby’s claim to be the original Harray Potter seems entirely justified, given his studio’s location in Orkney’s only landlocked parish.

Unquestionably a wizard with clay and possessed with an infectious enthusiasm for his craft, Andrew has worked his magic in Orkney for over 30 years. He’s always delighted to welcome visitors to his Fursbreck studio and shop where you’ll probably fall under the spell of what is a remarkably extensive range of high quality pottery. It’s all aesthetically pleasing, but practical and affordable too, with Andrew and his team creating lots of useful items, including dinner services, goblets, casserole dishes, soup bowls and salt pigs (to name just a few). They also produce a line of ceramic jewellery that’s proving enormously popular throughout Orkney and much further afield.

An expert in the prehistoric pottery of the islands, Andrew’s groundbreaking research on Orkney’s Neolithic ceramics has excited academics and seen him deliver a number of presentations to the British Museum. He’s even got some Neolithic ovens at his studio, keeping the craft and culinary traditions of the ancient inhabitants of Harray – wizards or otherwise - well and truly alive.