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ArtistMaker: MORGAN, Lewis and Dan JONES
TitleOfWork: Monument to Rockingham Pottery
DescriptionOfPhoto: view of sculpture
DateOfCreation: 2003
Dimensions: 180cm high x 145cm in diameter at the base; 55cm in diameter at its top
Medium: charred recycled oak, Cadeby limestone
Location: On the roundabout between Warren Vale Road (A633); Blackamoor Road (B6092); and Rockingham Road (A6022)
AtoZReference: p.55 3G
Street: Rockingham Road
TownOrVillage: Swinton
MetropolitanBorough: Rotherham
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: r063ib
One of three Landmark Sculptures for Swinton:

Description: The sculpture is located on grass to one side of the roundabout at this major road junction. It is formed from a cross made of charred oak blocks with limestone infill between the wood. The whole has been shaped to resemble the Bottleneck Kiln at Pottery Ponds, 200m further up Blackamoor Road. The limestone has shallow reliefs carved in its surface depicting a variety of teapots, teacups, bowls, saucers, vases, ewers and flasks of the kind made by Rockingham.

Inscription: Two opposite lines of charred wood are cut with the following letters displayed vertically: SWINTON. The memorial also acts as a signpost to the village of Swinton.

Commission: The commission was managed by Groundworks Dearne Valley; project manager: Richard Brown.
Funding came from WREN for all three sculptures. The wood was recycled from the old lock gates at Swinton Lock; the limestone came from Cadeby, a local quarry. It was felt that it was important that all materials used should have local origins. [1]

References: [1] Interview with Richard Brown of Groundworks: [6/10/2003]

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