Then and Now
The Great Wall of Terracotta
The City of South Amboy has a legacy rich with craftsmanship. Unlike towns to the west and south, South Amboy did not have fertile soil, so its economy was based not on agriculture, but on shipping and manufacturing. Like several neighboring towns, there were good-quality clay deposits, which grew into a healthy industry of pottery and terracotta, the cement-like material that is molded into the ornamental adornments on buildings locally and in major cities. There were once three terracotta or pottery factories in South Amboy, centered on Swan Hill.
Today, we are rediscovering the “industrial arts” that were a part of the City and focusing on creating community art projects that utilize recycled and reclaimed materials.
For more on the history of South Amboy, click here.