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Designing Yorkshire Pottery: for the many, not the few
7 Dec 2017 - 3 Mar 2018
Curated by a group of students, currently studying MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Leeds, this exhibition tells the story of Yorkshire pottery, from the origins of characteristic Yorkshire creamware to the legacy of Yorkshire pottery today.
The various styles on display from the University's Art Collection chart the popularisation of Yorkshire pottery as it became available to the many rather than the wealthy few. The exhibition also delves into the origins of Yorkshire creamware and celebrates the industry's continued existence today through an interview with the owner of Ingleton Pottery.
Creamware is a traditionally English form of pottery. However, the influence of Eastern culture on Yorkshire potters is also evident in this exhibition. This merging of cultures shows that the Yorkshire community was keen to introduce fashionable exoticism into their homes.
The emergence of capitalism greatly affected the ceramics industry. The increased demand for commodities and the rapid escalation of the population during the 19th century resulted in the mass production of domestic objects. Many of the items on display were common designs found in factory pattern books. Similar items can still be found in private homes today - visit the Gallery to see if you recognise any.
The display also celebrates the survival of the local ceramics industry. Ingleton Pottery, a family-run business in the Yorkshire Dales, continues to design similar products for everyday use today. The existence of businesses such as this shows the sustained interest in keeping this industry alive in the Yorkshire region.
This exhibition examines the commercial and social history of this region through the design of Yorkshire ceramics to highlight the industry's importance in the home life of Yorkshire families.
The displays are open to the public from 7th December 2017 to 3rd March 2018 in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. Open Mondays, 1pm - 5pm; Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. Admission is free. Please note the Gallery is closed for Christmas between 21st December and 2nd January.
Please check times with event organiser for any last minute changes.
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