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 artists Adele Howitt. The grant has provided the school with a kiln and the equipment for the workshops.
Students made a trinket box, similar to the Hornsea Pottery 'Sun Burst' box designed by George Ratcliffe, and learnt about throwing, slab work, slip casting, carving, pressing patterns and glazing.
Wienerberger Ltd, a leading local manufacturer of bricks, kindly donated bricks for students to carve using tools to cut out shapes and motifs from the Hornsea Pottery design book.
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. I am really pleased that the art department have got the equipment for us to be able to continue with ceramics. I can't wait to do more."
Katie, a year 7 student, said: "I was asked if I wanted to do some pottery. I was really pleased that I said yes. I carved a brick with special tools, made a trinket box using slabs of clay and tried to throw a pot on the potter's wheel. I am hoping that I get the chance to work in clay again at school."
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-renowned designs and the innovative techniques used during the production process."
Councillor Andy Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development and planning 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."
If you would like to keep up-to-date on the progress of the project, you can like the project's Facebook page, Heritage on the High Street, a Celebration of Hornsea Pottery www.facebook.com/HornseaArtTrail