Hornsea Pottery Public Art Celebration

A celebration of the design and social history of the famous, once world-wide production of Hornsea Pottery.  Ther detailed designs created by designer and maker, Adele Howitt, for the full trail are now ready for production.  

The funding applications to both Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Arts Council England have been successful,  with the rest having been secured from East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s High Street Fund, commuted sums from local development, an East Riding Arts Grant.   Adele Howitt has also been awarded a St Hughes Foundation grant and is now a St Hughes Fellow.  This award has supported Adele to undertake a period of research and development into the production methods and the back catalogue of designs, glaze technology and application within the historic Hornsea Pottery Collection. This research has fed back into the overall public realm project. 

History

In 1949, the Rawson brothers, Desmond and Colin started making plaster -of-paris models in the scullery of their house in Hornsea to sell as affordable souvenirs to Hornsea's rising number of visitors.  During the 1960s, Hornsea Pottery had become the biggest employer in the town.  With a succession of talented designers such as John clappison, Michael Walker, Sara Vardy and Alan Luckham as well as innovative new production techniques, it rose to award winning status with the Design Council and eventually formed a beneficial partnership with Queensberry-Hunt.  Many of Hornsea Pottery's table ware designs are recognised world-wide.  At its peak in 1980, Hornsea Pottery had over 700 employees, with two sites covering 70 acres at Lancaster and Hornsea.  Hornsea Pottery was a major visitor attraction for the area which sadly closed in 2000 but it has never been forgotten.  Hornsea Museum has the biggest collection of the pottery in the world, dating from 1949 to the factory's closure.  Hornsea is a lovely seaside town on the east coast of Yorkshire, only 15 miles away from Hull, the City of Culture 2017.

 

© Adele Howitt — 2016 - 2019