Made in Korea

As part of The Ceramic House 2017 programme “Made in Korea”, artists-in-residence Kyung Won Baek, Jin Kim and Ceramic House founder Kay Aplin have created installation works for presentation within BCB 2017 Accompanied by a four channel sound installation created by sound artist Joseph Young, the combined works contribute to an exploration, a dialogue, between the making cultures of the UK and South Korea.

Ceramic City - Alusid

ALUSID started life as a research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. ALUSID produces SilicaStone a safe, non-flammable architectural surface suitable for a range of applications.

Ceramic City - Wades Ceramics

Nestled deep in the home of ceramics in Staffordshire, Wade Ceramics have been honing their craft since their establishment in 1810 to produce decadent ranges such as spirits, fragrance, homeware and food, with prestigious articles including their infamous Gluggle Jugs.

Ceramic City - Furlong Mills LTD

FURLONG MILLS LTD was established in 1842 and is owned by Dudson Churchill and Portmeirion . Continuous investment by the shareholder companies has seen ambitious plans for expansion. In 2016 a fully computer controlled sliphouse was constructed and is now used to create bespoke ceramic bodies for the industry.    

Ceramic City - Mempro

MEMPRO develops and manufactures products utilising microscopic ceramic nanofibres.

These will initially be used in the ‘NoxFox’ catalytic filter - a unit fitted to the small petrol engines used in lawn-mowers, outboard motors and chainsaws. The NoxFox filter makes these engines significantly more environmentally friendly by filtering exhaust gases, so reducing harmful pollutants. 

Ceramic City - Therser (UK)

THERSER (UK) Ltd was formed in 2009. The company provides THERmal SERvices and products, hence THERSER. Based in Burslem Therser designs bespoke equipment for technical ceramics in not only the ceramics industry but also for use in the aerospace, auto and metal industries. It has provided tunnel, shuttle, high-temperature kilns; furnaces and ovens to most countries of the world. In addition its repair, refurbishment and specialised equipment relocation division can relocate not only for kilns and furnaces but complete factories.

Ceramic City - Armitage Shanks

ARMITAGE SHANKS has a long and enduring association with Staffordshire. 2017 sees the company celebrating its 200th anniversary. Armitage Shanks was the first company to produce wares specifically for hospitals (1911).

Forest Of Dreams

Come and join B arts to make an extraordinary evening where dinner and theatre combine in a fabulous feast of live plating, live music, projections and puppetry in the Forest of Dreams.

Evanescent Landscape: Terraced Houses

By the mid 18th century, as archaeological discoveries were being excavated at the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, Classical influence began to be absorbed into many aspects of design and architecture. Many manufacturers including Josiah Wedgwood satisfied the demand for these fashions, that were often influenced by romantic representations of the ruin and picturesque decay as a result of the Grand Tour.


Throughout history ceramics have played an important role in the phenomenon of cultural transfer. For centuries China, Korea and Japan have influenced each other’s aesthetics, practices and technologies. Subsequent trade with the West, and the imitation and assimilation of Oriental styles in the late 17th and 18th centuries greatly influenced the development of new ceramic traditions in Europe.