Artists from Middlesex University, Collective Exchange, delivered the classroom session designed to educate local people on the history of Tottenham’s potteries and form a link to the ongoing regeneration of the area.
The students were taken to the construction site of the Club’s new 61,000 capacity stadium to learn about the sport-led regeneration of the area and the origin of where the raw clay material had come from. This was followed by a workshop where pupils were tasked with designing and making their own bowls using Tottenham clay.
As part of the activity, Collective Exchange gave an overview of the history of the pottery industry in the local area, dating back to 1888 when White Hart Lane Potteries existed.
The owner of White Hart Lane Potteries, Samuel South, was a Spurs supporter and close friend of one of the founding members of the Club, Bobby Buckle. White Hart Lane Potteries donated broken pots to be laid as drainage for the pitch.
Collective Exchange delivered today’s pottery session following a month-long community workshop based in 810 and 812 High Road, two Grade II listed buildings located in Tottenham. The project, supported by the Club and Middlesex University, enabled members of the local community to learn about the process of making and crafting pottery, as well as explore these historic buildings.
Ledley said: “I thought I knew quite a lot about Tottenham but the children have taught me a thing or two today about the Club’s links with the pottery industry.
“It was interesting to see how Collective Exchange used pottery to link Tottenham’s history with the ongoing regeneration of the area. For the children, many of them live local to the stadium so it’s something that they are naturally interested in and could relate to.”
Kate Grimes, Collective Exchange Designer in Residence, said: “The link between White Hart Lane Potteries and Tottenham Hotspur is of great interest to us, particularly as we have taken clay from under the new stadium to produce new pots, whereas back in the 1800s it was the other way around where old or broken pots were being placed in the ground to help with drainage for the pitch.
“Through our partnership with Spurs, we’ve used the craft of pottery to develop a narrative that reflects the history and future of the community that the children live in, which is a great way to learn.
“We hope that the sessions will inspire more local residents to take an interest in pottery and hope to see the children and their parents at our exhibition later this month.”
Sam Gould, Year 3 teacher from St Paul’s and All Hallows’ Primary School, said: “It was really interesting to learn something we didn’t know about our local community and I know that all of the children enjoyed the experience.
“Pottery is not something that you’d typically associate with Tottenham but the artists provided a great narrative that made it easy for our pupils to relate to and learn from.”
The products created by the pupils of St Paul’s and All Hallows’ School will feature in an exhibition hosted by Collective Exchange from July 22-24 at 810 High Road, Tottenham.
Friday, July 22: 3pm – 7.30pm
Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24: 12pm – 6pm
For full details, please visit: https://collectiveexchange.org/810-high-road-tottenham-n17/