During the 19th century, Ayrshire was at the forefront of Scotland’s industrial revolution. The key lay below the ground in valuable minerals such as coal and ironstone. Due to its heat resistance another substance, fire clay, was used to line the furnaces in which iron was smelted. Clay also gave rise to the manufacture of the well known local product, Cumnock Ware. The Potter’s Craft – An Ayrshire Story at the Baird Institute in Cumnock features examples of Ayrshire’s ceramic industry and examines the potter’s art from other cultures around the world.
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