A rare pottery lamp carrying a label for the Shubenacadie Nova Scotia Residential School. The pottery portion of the lamp is circa 1945 but the modern socket has been added.
Pottery was introduced to the residential school in the mid 40's and it was said to be one of the very few things to catch the interest of the students and give them a sense of achievement. The students made the pottery pieces, which were later sold to assist in subsidizing the school's costs. Not a huge number of pieces appear to have survived with intact labels. Only about 10% of Nova Scotia's Mi'kmaq children lived at the residential school and it is not known how many produced pottery.