Although Scottish pottery may be traced back over many centuries, it was not until the mid eighteenth century that it became an important element in the national economy. Since the mid twentieth century there has been considerable study of the Scottish pottery industry, revealing the diversification of production and showing that exports and innovation were more significant than previously thought. Scottish pottery is widely recognised as having its own distinctive characters and in this book many examples are illustrated in colour.
Graeme Cruickshank was the local historian with Edinburgh City Museums for fifteen years before going freelance in 1988. He was a founder member of the Scottish Pottery Society in 1973, established its archive and served as archivist for ten years. He has lectured on Scottish pottery on many occasions to various groups in Britain and elsewhere.