E Character  September 2019

Hospitalfield House Arbroath

Friends of Hospitalfield Talk

26th September 2019 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Heather Jack & Elizabeth Cumming on Henry Taylor Wyse

Heather Jack and Elizabeth Cumming explored the many achievements of the artist Henry Taylor Wyse (1870-1951).

Henry Wyse was art master at Arbroath High School between 1895 and 1904 when he modernised art education across Scotland. While resident in the town, he also pursued an extraordinary parallel career as a furniture designer, landscape artist, writer and craftsman. A founder member of the Scottish Guild of Handicraft, he was later the man behind Edinburgh’s celebrated Holyrood Pottery.

Dr Elizabeth Cumming is an honorary Fellow at Edinburgh University and well known as a historian of Scottish art and design including the Arts and Crafts movement and the Scottish Colourists. Her recent books have included a history of Dovecot Studios and a biographical study of the painter Sir Robin Philipson.

Heather Jack is a ceramics historian and collector, currently President of the Scottish Pottery Society. She has lectured and published articles on a number of Scottish ceramic studios of the Arts and Crafts period and beyond, as well as contributing an article on Wyse to the Newsletter of the Scottish Society for Art History.

An illustrated book, Henry Taylor Wyse: Artist, Teacher, Craftsman was available on the night.

Museum of Edinburgh

A Wise Man Knows His Craft: Henry Taylor Wyse and the Holyrood Pottery


“A Wise Man Knows His Craft: Henry Taylor Wyse and the Holyrood Pottery” was the first ever exhibition to explore the ceramic art and legacy of this unsung hero of Scotland’s Arts & Crafts movement. 

Henry Taylor Wyse was a prolific painter, potter and designer. He was a founder of the Scottish Guild of Handicraft, a reformer of art teaching in schools, and a friend and co-exhibitor of key figures in the art world such as John Munnoch and William Staite Murray.

The exhibition, shown between July-October 2016, brought together Holyrood pottery from the Museum of Edinburgh with a large number of loans from major private collections to showcase Wyse’s important artistic legacy. View a photographic gallery of the exhibition on the ‘Museum of Edinburgh Exhibition’ page.

The museum has a permanent display showing some of its collection of Holyrood Pottery wares. Please visit their web site for further information on the Museum of Edinburgh, and their current events.

Art Review: Scotsman 28th July 2016

Scottish Pottery Society


The Scottish Pottery Society currently has two branches, which hold regular monthly meetings in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For further details of the Scottish Pottery Society and their meetings, visit the SPS website: