Town’s heritage to be told in ceramics

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CERAMIC artist Louise Wood is starting her residency at The Mount, Fleetwood, with a series of activity days and drop-in workshops, starting with an open day this Saturday.

Commissioned by Wyre Council, Louise (pictured) will spend the next few months creating 10 hand-sized sculptures to reflect the 10 sides of the building, each of which will tell different stories of Fleetwood’s maritime heritage.

During the first open day, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, people can explore the workings of the clock donated by Isaac Spencer, share stories of Fleetwood’s history and find out more about the project.

Then, on Tuesday, April 12, the first drop-in pottery workshopwill be held between 1 and 3pm. This workshop is free, and no experience of working in clay is necessary.

Similar sessions will be held throughout April and May.

All the holdable objects being made throughout the residency will be sculpted using clay, and will be embedded with words of local people, for other members of the community to read.

Louise’s sculptures also open up, having removable sections or drawers, where further local memories can be unravelled and read.

And she is also looking for a theme for the 10th sculpture.

Is there an important aspect of Fleetwood’s maritime history you feel is neglected?

Would you like to see a sculpture telling stories about boat building, vessels involved in gas rig support, or underwater exploration?

If so, she is keen to hear from you via email: tlouisewood@tiscali.co.uk. or on 07719 671014.