York Castle Museum

Special Exhibitions

Honest Pots

9 October, 2010 - 9 October, 2011

This exhibition celebrates the unpretentious beauty of handmade, functional, English pottery and explores the influence this type of pottery has had on contemporary potters.

It combines examples of York's pottery from medieval jugs, through country pottery, to contemporary studio pottery.

Potters featured include Bernard Leach, Mick Casson, Jim Malone, Phil Eglin, Clive Bowen, Shoji Hamada, Takeshi Yasuda, Geoff Fuller, Paul Young, Michael Cardew, Ray Finch - and many more.

There will be large photographs of potters on the walls and a new collaborative work by textile artist Alice Kettle and potter Alex McErlain.

Two films will also be playing, the first dating from 1963-5 showing country pottery Isaac Button at work in Halifax, and the second, Hollyford Harvest, made in 2009, showing contemporary potter Doug Fitch at work in Devon.

This exhibition is a collaborative project between York Museums Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University.