Forgotten Potteries Artist Commission

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership worked with ceramic artist Adele Howitt to produce a new exhibition for the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley.

The potteries of South Yorkshire once rivalled those in Stoke-on-Trent, most famously through the world renowned Rockingham Pottery in Swinton. However, during the nineteenth century over twenty other potteries in the Don and Dearne valleys made for a thriving industrial scene that is now largely forgotten.

Yorkshire artist, Adele Howitt, worked with local communities to produce work in response to the theme of the forgotten potteries. Howitt has exhibited across the UK and Europe, combining narrative and form to create beautiful individual pieces. Community workshops introduced people to new skills in pottery production and decoration and form part of Howitt’s final piece.

The final piece was the focal point of an exhibition at the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, which ran between 30 January – 12 March 2016.

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