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Local potters inspired by Chesterfield’s past

A new exhibition at Chesterfield Museum will display ceramics created by members of a local pottery class and inspired by a historic pottery in Brampton.

Potters in the class were inspired by an owl figurine that was created in the William Gordon Pottery in Brampton, a pottery that was at the forefront of ceramic design during the 20th century, and which currently resides as part of the collections in Chesterfield Museum. In December the owl figurine was the museum’s object of the month.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, Chesterfield Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centres and Visitor Economy, said: “This is a great way for our museum’s collection to inspire the creative community locally. We’re really excited to display the results of the students’ work in this special exhibition.”

Clare Gage, who teaches the pottery class, said: “This William Gordon owl really caught my eye and I can see so many possibilities for how students could take inspiration from it. I love the fact that we will be connecting with local history for this project. What a fantastic way to inspire new potters.”

All the work was created as part of a pottery class that was launched at the Clay Cross Adult Community Education Centre in September 2019.

William Gordon moved to Chesterfield as a result of the expertise that existed at the Brampton properties – especially in the use of a salt-glaze technique. He worked in the Briddon Pottery in the 1930s before moving on to run his own pottery where he produced unique pieces until 1956.

The exhibition at Chesterfield Museum, which is owned and operated by Chesterfield Borough Council, is open to the public from Friday 7 February until Monday 23 March. The museum is open on Mondays and Thursday to Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

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Students of the pottery class at Clay Cross Adult Community Education Centre have designed and produced pieces inspired by a William Gordon pottery owl

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