The ceramics at Cannon Hall Museum range in date from the eighteenth century right up to the present day.
They were made for different reasons from commemorating events to decorating people’s homes. They are beautiful works of art and many were made for everyday use. Some were produced by famous makers such as William De Morgan and Bernard Leach; others were made by important factories such as Wedgwood and Doulton. A small number were made by local factories across Leeds and South Yorkshire.
Cannon Hall Museum has a remarkable collection of art pottery made in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This pottery was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement which brought together artists, designers, architects and craftspeople who focussed on the design and hand crafting of objects. Many people visit the Museum to see the significant collection of Moorcroft Pottery that covers the whole production period from 1897 until the present day. There is also an important collection of ceramics by some of the central designers and artists of the twentieth century from John Piper and Keith Murray to Clarice Cliff and Mabel Lucie Attwell. The growing collection of studio pottery includes items by Michael Cardew, Lucie Rie and Magdalene Odundo as well as the Barnsley born potter, Val Barry.