by Helen Brown, curator of applied art
Fellow Bristolians! Did you attend school in Bristol during the 60s or 70s?
If so, did you study art?
Here at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, we’re planning a special exhibition based around the pottery collection that was lent out to local schools during the 60s and 70s.
The collection featured ground breaking pieces from some of the leading potters of the period, including curious shapes by Hans Coper and Lucy Rie, and enormous thrown vases and jars by Janet Leach.
The collection was rich in texture and animal decoration and underpinned by a passion for personal, handmade and anti-mass-produced pieces.
Used in primary and secondary schools, particularly by those studying ‘O’ and ‘A’ level pottery, it was provided by the Schools Art Service, based at Bower Ashton.
The collection was built with the aim of inspiring children’s creativity through access to the very best art and craft.
We’d love to hear from anyone who has memories of the pots and of making pottery in Bristol schools during this time. Or perhaps you remember teaching using the pottery loan service.
Your memories of the collection could end up in the exhibition interpretation, through quotes or short recorded interviews.
Have any information?
Please contact [email protected] if you think you could help us with this exciting new project!
Main image: Ewart Uncles