Exhibition to display potted history of Yorkshire

Historic ceramics from across the county are on display at Lotherton Hall.

The Yorkshire Pots and People exhibition is displaying a range of sculptures, both old and new, in a celebration of the regions history in pottery.

Objects on show include wares made at the historic Burmantofts Pottery, where ceramics were manufactured for almost a century, and The Leeds Pottery, founded in 1770.

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Adam Toole, assistant curator at Lotherton, said: “Pottery and ceramics have been an integral part of human civilisation for thousands of years, helping us to cook, store food, transport goods and decorate our homes.”

The exhibition will move through the Edwardian country house, telling the story of how pottery has been created and used in Yorkshire over thousands of years.

As well as pottery manufactured in Leeds, the showcase also looks at techniques used by different generations of Yorkshire potters,

Contemporary sculptural ceramics by Yorkshire-based artists Rebecca Appleby, Loretta Braganza and James Oughtibridgev are also on display.

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Ms Braganza said she hoped the display would show the contrast between different pottery works. She said: “I am absolutely delighted that my work has been chosen to illustrate the exciting transition of pots from traditional to contemporary.”

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries,added: “The engaging story of Yorkshire pottery and the people who have made very much reflects the story of Leeds and Yorkshire itself, showing how our city and our region have developed over the centuries.”