Saturday, 10 October 2009

Living Glaze.

Hello All,
We would like to introduce you to some of the beautiful pottery we have from Alan Clarke’s Living Glaze collection.
Alan used to design with the world famous Poole Pottery and now produces his own line of wonderful work.
We have just taken delivery of another lot of collectable and functional work from Alan.
His Living Glaze collection just goes from strength to strength and is understandably becoming increasingly popular.
There work will grace any home or table.

Part of his Living Glaze collection is called Blue Waters, and Blue Waters is a fashion statement from Mark as well as an exciting design from Alan. Mark Nixon was trailing some new colours when he came across a very interesting and exciting effect. Alan then took the effect and did his magic. He has created an amazing new design that has not been seen before. The name brings together the two work colleagues within one design. This design comes together with spectacular effect.

These are handcrafted pieces of the highest quality that possess character and style, each one unique, lovely to own and eminently collectables.
The artist’s experimentation leads to more great design pieces in the collection that comes under the banner of Living Glaze.
Artists are always “under pressure” to deliver fresh and new designs for there market and we think the Artist’s at Living Glaze Studio’s have achieved this to great effect.
As always you can find more details by visiting our website.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Miss Dee and the Washing Machine.

Last night was very much a case of man v’s machine, the washing machine has been making funny noises for a little while now, and we usually just turn up the volume on the radio when this happened!!!!!
Now the problems were getting unavoidable as not only was it making strange noises it just was not working as well as it did.
So it now needed to be looked at, and after a lot of huffing, puffing, mopping and swearing, around 2 hours later the problem was found (Well done Chris)
It was a Miss Dee Necklace that had mysteriously got into the washing machine the chain was fine although the heart dangle had disappeared and was now probably amusing some fishes. After cleaning and further examination the chain along, with the smaller dangles on it are all in perfect condition.

Similar Necklace to the one in the washing machine.
The washing machine was then put back together and switched on and hey presto it now works perfectly once again (Well done Chris again)
We shall now see if we can get another spare heart to go on the chain and it will be as good as new again, shining and sparkling as it should. Our Grand Daughter can wear her necklace again, and stop singing “Don’t go breaking my heart”

The model above show's where the jewelery should be!
So we now know that apart from looking great as a fashion accessory they are very hard wearing (if looked after of course) and we would not recommend washing your jewellery in the washing machine, as the jewellery may well be fine but the machine will certainly not be.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Customer Service!

Hello All,
Don’t you look back at times when life seemed just a little bit slower and when customer service meant just that?
Have you ever tried calling up any of these large company service centres, I bet you have and like myself have spent the best part of half an hour on the telephone going through endless menus on the line before being told that “your call is important to us, please hold” then at last you get to speak to a human. Just who is making all the money from these times that you are forced to hold the line?
Then you have to listen to some Fairy tale of why you should not be unsatisfied with there companies service or whatever!

Customer service means just that at the Niche Gallery, where you are always important to us and we really mean it. We always try our very best to give our customer and friends the shopping experience they have come to expect with us, local and visitors alike.

Our online store is run along the same lines, and even if we don’t have what you are looking for we shall try and get it for you, as “You can’t always get what you want” failing this we will try and point you in the direction where you will be able to get what you are looking for we call it customer service just the way it should be, not the way it used to be.
We realise that shopping online is done to save you time, and stress, saves you going out in all weathers or struggling to find parking or any of the list of other dislike’s over shopping, nowadays in a faceless no personality shopping centre some where close to you.
Online if we have it in stock it will be on its journey to you within 24hours and if we need to order it, then we tell you as near as a time scale to expect the order.

Some of our pottery for example is one of a kind and hand made so we will discuss your requirements and an order request will be made then you will be updated as to the progress and even if you needed to call us you will always find a friendly human on the end of your call, now we call that service.

As always you are welcome to visit us at

Wednesday, 7 October 2009


Hello All,

A Warm welcome to all, and a special mention to our new readers, it’s wonderful to see so many different visitor’s get there countries flag up on our flag counter.
Sun is out today and clear sky’s so looks like we may have a couple of nice days ahead, as the say Autumnal weather ahead. Don’t you just love that word (Autumnal) had never really heard it used until the weather reporters started using it on the television.
A great time of the year to brighten up the home with some candles, and we have a great new range of them just in.

Comfort Candles are a unique line of attractive candle holders with inspirational sayings. They come packaged inside a beautiful gift box which makes them a wonderful gift at very good prices.

As the weather moves on into the month of, October it brings us ever nearer the time to start thinking about Christmas (Yes it is getting close)
Only 11 and a bit weeks to go, scary is it not, and we promise that we will not bombard you with stuff about Christmas until it gets a bit nearer the time, as we feel that most shops go a bit over the top starting there Christmas promotions way too early in the year.

An attractive candle holder with an inspirational saying. Family comes packaged inside a beautiful gift box which makes them a wonderful gift. There are many more with great saying's covering most subject's so a great gift at any time of the year.

Although as we are a retail outlet we actually have to look at buying in for Christmas in the spring time just gone past. So when every one else is thinking about Easter egg’s or whatever they do in there particular countries to celebrate we are dealing with what we need to get in at Christmas and what we think are good quality products at good value prices for you the customer, sometimes I feel that “Wild Horses” will be needed to drag me to the trade fairs at this time, but it has to be done and we feel that we always provide very good product at this time of year, things that are just a bit different.
More later and thanks for reading,

The team at Niche Gallery

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

South Queensferry_001

In this post, I am looking at creating a little bit of a story about the town where our business is situated, we want to feature some of the history, some of the people, some of the area.
Trying to make it as we see it, so it will not be some dry history story, but a look at the place through our eyes.
To start with we shall tell you a little bit about the fact's etc. Hoping to build it so that the story will run in weekly post's and they will be numberd starting from 001, so that anyone that finds it interesting will be able to do a search on the blog and find what they are looking for, that's the plan at least.

So starting from here,
South Queensferry is a town on the coast and approx 7 miles N.W. from Edinburgh. A short 10 min drive from Edinburgh Airport.
Located in between the 2 great bridges that cross the river Forth, one is the old engineering wonder called the Forth Rail Bridge, (don’t ask what happened to the other 3?)
The other is the road bridge that was constructed around 40 years ago, and is now under pressure from the amount of traffic that crosses this main south to north link over the river.
The town at the other side is called (Wait for it) North Queensferry.
Before the bridges were in place the only way of crossing was by Ferry, or a long round about journey into the centre of Scotland to cross near the town of Stirling.

You can find a link to more photograph's like this here.
The Queens part of the name comes from another story which we shall go into later.
The population is only around 10,000 so not a big place by any stretch of the imagination, it still retains the feel of a village by the sea with a lot of old interesting buildings along the High Street and scattered around the local area.
The High Street has a few great restaurants and it really is becoming a destination thanks to a lot of hard work by some of the business owners.
As we continue our story about South Queensferry we hope to introduce lots of photographs old and new.

One of the ferrie's leaving the pier at South Queensferry around 1962.

Aside from the small harbour at the back of our shop, there is a large Marina where you can also learn to sail (RYA) affiliated, and most days sailing craft of all kinds can be seen on the water. Along with a pretty active association that deals with festivals and such for the local community, it’s a busy little town, with all the problems that small old towns have in dealing with the volume of traffic that is generated nowadays.
Parking is available although there is a need for more, not sure if there is the political will to provide this in my opinion.
There are a varied amount of other businesses located along the High Street, so everything that you would need is pretty much there.

In this old photogragh (undated) looking up the High street from the East, the Niche Gallery is located on the opposite side of the old clock tower (still there) as is the raised part of the High Street. If you were to cross the road from the clock tower and walk 50 paces , you would arrive at the Niche Gallery. 

Monday, 5 October 2009

What's New.

The world as we know it seems to be constantly changing, full of new challenges and “changes”.

One thing we at the Niche Gallery like to think stay’s the same is our commitment to you, to try and bring you the best quality products we can source.
So we shall be making some small changes starting with our website

Not dramatic changes just a refresh, although if you are an artist or photographer then perhaps you may want to get in touch with us, as we do have an exciting project that will be going onto the website soon.

Changes to the site are a big job and do take time so please be patient with us, the site will continue as normal so you can still purchase and choose from our ever growing product list (did you know that we stock over 150 different lines of product) from artwork to small crystal’s.
New changes to the website and keeping up with the blog, present new challenges for sure, and the internet presents its own challenges! But you can buy with confidence from us with secure payment facilities on our website; we try and dispatch orders within 24 hrs.

We are also please to let you know that you can also order (Flowers) from Niche Gallery as we have teamed up with a professional florist to offer this great service to our customer, this is a full Florist service so call in for details. At present the service can only be accessed from the shop in South Queensferry, but this may well expand onto the internet as well.

You may also note that the picture above of the shop is a different colour scheme on the shop front, no we did not have a fast paint job done over the week end this is just a more up to date photo, which also shows you the customer that we have been here for a number of years now. The paint scheme you see is now our “true colours
You can just see a little part of the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge just at the right hand side of the photo. Well worth a visit, but don’t forget to call into the Niche Gallery, should you be visiting.

Thank you,

The team at Niche Gallery