The Clyde Pottery collection at the McLean Museum is the world's largest collection of ceramics from this pottery. The collection provides a unique resource and reference point for collectors and scholars as well as documenting an important Inverclyde industry which produced wares from 1816 to the early 1900s.
The collection is special in that it not only contains finished wares but also the some of the moulds and raw materials that were used to produce them. The Museum also houses the researches of the late Peter Denholm based on the archaeological dig carried out under the aegis of the Scottish Pottery Society on the site of the former Clyde Pottery works.
The Clyde Pottery itself provided many of the items in the collection in 1877 when it presented the Museum with a large selection of items. These items are still in the collection and consists of samples of the raw materials used in pottery making and wares in the various stages of manufacture chosen to illustrate the different processes being employed in the Pottery at that time. It also includes a selection of attractive and varied finished wares, pieces which were undoubtedly presented to demonstrate the range and quality of the Pottery's output.