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AFTER 20 years of service the Pot Shop on Argyll Street will close its doors for the last time, marking the end of an historic association with Dunoon Ceramics Ltd.




The Staffordshire based company this week confirmed that although the Pot Shop is closing the ‘Dunoon’ brand name will be retained and the manufacturing of the mugs will continue.


Production manager, Alan Smith explained the reason behind the shop’s closure resulted from the planned departure of its manager. He said: ‘Dunoon Ceramics Ltd have reluctantly taken the decision to cease selling selected seconds mugs from its own shop in Dunoon. This is following the likelihood of the shop manager Catriona Johnston leaving the area and after over 20 years exemplary service to the company. Catriona is still working in the shop and hopefully will continue working for the next couple months whilst stocks last.’


Dunoon Ceramics Ltd, was founded in 1974, but their local factory ultimately closed in 2005 when main operations were moved south of the border to Staffordshire. The Pot Shop remained, selling a wide range of specially designed mugs and other ceramic based products.


Catriona, who worked as a lithographer for the company in 1995 when they were originally based in Dunoon, is conflicted over her departure and subsequent shop closure. She said:


I have mixed feelings about leaving the shop. Over the years I have built up a wonderful clientele both locally and overseas. I will be very sad the day I hand over the keys of the premises for the last time.’


Dunoon mugs are world- renowned and often endorsed by celebrities, even last week TV presenter Davina McCall posted a picture on her Instagram account from the set of the forthcoming celebrity reality series The Jump, holding a Dunoon mug with the caption: ‘Obsessed with #dunoon ... All my mugs r from there! No booze but I'm a tea connoisseur.’


There’s been no shortage of famous customers to Dunoon’s Pot Shop either, with one particular dignitary overshadowing the rest, Catriona explained:


‘There have been a few famous customers, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, but probably the most famous of all was the Queen. I took a telephone order one day for a particular flowery cup and saucer and when I asked for the delivery address he told me it was for Balmoral Castle. Apparently the Queen had smashed her favourite cup that morning and wanted to replace it.’


Catriona’s relationship with Dunoon mugs will not end with her departure as she still has a passion for the products the company manufactures.


Speaking to the Observer this week Dunoon Ceramics Ltd stressed that the closure of the shop did not necessarily mean the company’s ties with the town are now over and that they were hopeful they could open an account with an existing retailer in the town, or find a prospective tenant for their existing shop.



+1 #1 Patricia Garrett 2016-03-17 22:45
Cannot imagine coming home and being unable to browse and buy gifts of tea pots, mugs and cups for friends in the States. What will I do? OMG I will really miss this store. I have so many myself and every time a friend sees them they love them and ask me to bring back one for them. Dunoon mugs will be missed -always a bright and beautiful window, and impossible to pass by. :sad: :cry: Patricia formerly of Sandbank

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