Archie McCall's career in ceramics began in 1970 as an apprentice to the potter John Davey at Bridge of Dee, Kirkcudbrightshire. He entered Edinburgh College of Art in 1978, studying Painting and Ceramics and after graduating in 1982 continued his studies in Edinburgh at postgraduate level.
In 1983 he was appointed part-time lecturer in Ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee whilst also establishing a studio and gallery in Edinburgh.Archie was appointed full-time lecturer in Ceramics at the Glasgow School of Art in 1986, becoming Head of Department in 1992.
Archie's work is usually thrown, in both stoneware and porcelain, and richly decorated using motifs which have been developed and distilled from elements of natural form. Having lived most of his life in the south-west of Scotland the richness and diversity of its landscape has been a continuing source of visual nourishment.
The surfaces are built up using layer-upon-layer of glazes and oxides then fired to 1300 degrees centigrade. A further firing at 780 degrees centigrade is required to fuse the gold or other lustres to the final piece.
“I hope the pots and their surfaces are filled with life. Of things being born, growing, and maturing ; things that have come from the earth and which will eventually return there.”