FOR half a century it was the seaside town’s biggest employer. Nearly 10 per cent of people living in Hornsea - some 700 - worked at its famous Pottery. Now Hull-based film company NDE Films is trying to identify people in the archive images (pictured) ahead of the bi-annual reunion next Saturday at Hornsea Museum where former workers’ memories will be recorded for posterity.
Thom Strid, who in the 1980s headed the ad agency that represented the Pottery in the UK, America and Europe, and is now volunteer marketing manager for the museum, where over 3,000 items of pottery are displayed, said: “2019 is the Pottery’s 70th anniversary and we intend to make it a celebration for the whole town.
“You can’t google the word Hornsea without the word Pottery coming up. We hope people who actually made the pottery come along and meet up with friends, and help with the making of a DVD, which we hope to put on sale next year.”
The company, founded by Colin and Desmond Rawson in 1949, was celebrated for its striking contemporary designs and employed renowned artists and designers.
The most collectable pieces now include John Clappison’s quirky designs, the work of Marion Campbell, who was responsible for the much sought after black animals, and pieces by Alan Luckham, a hugely versatile modeller.
A change in design tastes and cash flow problems eventually overcame the enterprise and the factory closed in 2000.
For more information about the reunion call Carol Harker on 01964 533443.