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Students bring Hornsea’s pottery heritage back to life

CERAMICS: Hornsea School art and design teacher Russel Martin with artist Adele Howitt, pupils Emily Goacher and Lucy Jones, head of art and design Jenny Egan and pupil Bethany Rewston with ceramic bricks and items created by pupils and inset: Trinket box designed by George Ratcliffe inspired pupils

  By Andrea Kirk  

LOTTERY funding has brought pottery back to the Hornsea school curriculum in a town whose prosperity once relied on its world class reputation for pottery design and production.

Thanks to National Lottery players, an exciting element of the Hornsea Pottery Public Art Trail project has recently taken place enabling Hornsea School and Language College students to have a go at making pottery in workshops.

Funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, students have learnt about the history of Hornsea Pottery as well as some of the original pottery techniques developed at the factory and several aspects of the production and design process during arts lessons and after school sessions run by local artist Adele Howitt. The grant has provided the school with a kiln and the equipment for the workshops.

Lewis, a year 12 student, said: “It has been great to have artist, Adele Howitt, working with us in the classroom. I have already learnt so much in a short space of time, things like casting, slab-building and glazing. I have also learnt more about the history of Hornsea Pottery.”

Bricks carved by the students and some poetry created by them based around memories of ex-Hornsea Pottery staff will form part of the first phase of the town’s pottery trail and will be located in the pocket garden on the corner of Willows Drive and Newbegin.

Councillor Barbara Jefferson, chairman of Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership (HARP), said: “HARP has been working with Hornsea School and Language College to develop these workshops and are pleased to see the equipment installed in the school and the students having an opportunity to learn about the Hornsea Pottery’s heritage, it’s world-renowneddesigns and the innovative techniques used during the production process.”

East Riding Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development andplanning delivery, said: “The Heritage on the High Street initiative is allowing the council and its partners to carry out some great work in Hornsea to celebrate the town’s history.

“The Hornsea Pottery Public Art Trail will provide a unique selling point for the town to help attract visitors in the future.”

More information on the progress of the project can be found on the project’s Facebook page: www. facebook.com/HornseaArtTrail

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