Ceramics festival returns to Stoke-on-Trent

Photo by Joel Chester Fildes

The popularity of the Great Pottery Throw Down is expected to create extra interest in this year's British Ceramic Biennial.

This autumn sees the return of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent for its fifth edition.

Running from 23 September to 5 November, the six week international ceramics festival will features exhibitions, installations and new commissions, as well as giving visitors the chance to take part in hands-on activities.

It will take place in venues including the former Spode Factory site, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, AirSpace Gallery, Bethesda Chapel and Stoke-on-Trent Central Library.

Festival highlights include:

  • Ceramic City Wall, curated in collaboration with Emma Bridgewater, Johnson Tiles and other industry partners to reveal little known facts about ceramics in Stoke-On-Trent.
  • Refugee Tales, a continuation of Stephen Dixon’s WW1 project looking at the idea of commemoration through clay working with community and education groups in Stoke-onTrent and Staffordshire.
  • An exhibition exploring approaches to public realm work with artists including Phoebe Cummings at AirSpace Gallery.
  • Ceramics and its Dimensions European Conference on 5, 6 and 7 October 2017, will explore the theme of Ceramic Values and how they make a difference.
  • Hands-on, interactive events including: a mobile cooking and eating event led by artist Jo Ayre with Jubilee Club groups, which will take place at various times and locations throughout the festival; and The Clay Pit, an interactive workshop space within the China Hall where visitors can experience clay for themselves.

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