re-Discoveries, Hastings, England, 2011/12
Inspired by Hastings Museum ceramic’s collection Brazilian artist Gisel Carriconde Azevedo has created a collection of ‘pottery’ made of objects she found at Hastings’ flea markets. She wrapped them up with polymer clay, a synthetic material originally created for children to play with.
Pottery is the material from which the pottery ware is made, of which major types include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The place where such wares are made is also called a pottery. Pottery also refers to the art or craft of the potter or the manufacture of pottery.
Before mass production in the 19th century, small rural potteries provided most local needs. The Sussex and Kent Weald was notorious for its heavy clay and there were many potteries. The most characteristic Sussex and Kent pottery is impressed with printer’s type and star punches. The potters also modeled animals including the Sussex pig with its detachable head. From the 1850s the Rye Pottery made grandiose pieces with heavily moulded, naturalistic decoration.
The last traditional Sussex and Kent potteries died out in the early 20th century.