Privacy & Terms

The Scottish Pottery Society (SC003935) 

The Scottish Pottery Society (the SPS) Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.  

We use Google Analytics to see where our visitors come from, what information they interact with most and how they browse and use our website.  Upon entry to the website, a box data protection box popup allows you opt-out of this, if you wish.  We do not sell, transfer or otherwise disclose any of your information, which is anonymised and not personal data, to any other third party.

Media & Information

If you upload or send any images, articles, research or other information to the SPS, via any format, including via the website, you accept that the SPS may use the information, data or images supplied for the purposes in our Mission Statement.  You should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included, which may provide personal or location information.

Everything provided or transferred to the SPS is given on the basis that it may be republished and reproduced by the Society as it sees fit, for the furtherance of research and for the purposes set out in our Mission Statement, namely for the promotion of Scottish ceramics. 

Many images produced, or reproduced, by the SPS could be under Copyright restriction of the Scottish Pottery Society and/or others.
Permission should be sought for the reproduction or downloading of any images or media shown on this website, via the contact page:
Permission can be granted where the purpose is within the Mission Statement of the SPS.

The SPS does not provide valuations, estimates or appraisals of any form, and any requests of this nature will not receive response. 
The SPS cannot be used for an individual’s commercial gain, and the SPS reserves the right to terminate any membership, subscription or affiliation if they are in breach of these terms.

Contact forms & Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, apps, widgets etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with


SPS do not share your data with any third party. We will never sell any of your information or data.  We do not use advertisements to fund the website and rely on member subscription and donations for financial support.  

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any identifiable personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Acceptance of these terms

By using our website, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  

The Scottish Pottery Society is a charity, registration number SC003935