Middleport Pottery

The Middleport Pottery factory tour offers the chance to see pottery being made using the same handcraft methods as in the 1880s. The tour will lead you through each stage of production in sequence, showing how a lump of clay is transformed into a finished piece of pottery.

You will also see the steam engine which once powered the whole factory. Each tour lasts for around one hour. Tours must be booked in advance.

Tours of the factory run from Monday – Thursday at 11am and 2pm, and on Fridays at 11am only.  There are no tours at weekends.

Flower Factory Field

The Flower Factory Field project was created to form part of the commemorations for World War One, working with young people from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Participants explored the history of ceramic flower-making and made the connection between ceramic industry and the Spode archived material related to the involvement of women pottery workers during WW1.

Operations Manager

Operations Manager

More than just another festival, the BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL (BCB) is a statement of intent, a significant and long-term intervention in the landscape of the Potteries and its ceramics industry and heritage as Stoke-on-Trent confidently moves forward and reinvents itself for the c21st.

BCB is currently recruiting for a temporary Operations manger - The Operations Manager is responsible for the management of the festival site, for its smooth-running before, during and after the biennial. 

Download the job description below.


BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL (BCB) stages its fifth festival in Stoke-on-Trent from 23 September – 5 November 2017, celebrating the best in contemporary ceramics in the heart of The Potteries.

Planning for this year’s Festival is currently underway and the full programme has been announced (see www.britishceamicsbiennial.com).

Jeremy Theophilus

9 March 1949 – 18 May 2015

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our founding joint Artistic Director Jeremy Theophilus, who finally gave way to cancer that was first diagnosed in 2011.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Jeremy's wife Linda, his children Kate and Joseph and his wider family.

Arts Council

Arts Council England (ACE) works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, ACE support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. 


Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is committed to promoting the city as a global centre of excellence in ceramics and as a major tourist destination. In supporting British Ceramics Biennial, we can do both. Within the City Council, Stoke Town Regeneration is working to develop a masterplan to transform Stoke town into a place where people want to live, work, shop and spend their leisure time. 



Ceramics and its Dimensions

British Ceramics Biennial is proud to part of the international ceramics and its Dimensions (CAID) project.

CAID is an innovative project encompassing all facets of ceramics and uniting Europe u der its wide umbrella. It brings museums, universities and research institutes togther to provide an integral view of ceramics past, present and future and last but not least, harnesses all manner of internal and external communication to shed light on the dawn of ceramics: European Ceramics -a materail with tradition for the world of tomorrow. 

Clay School - Ceramics Learning and Young People School Network

BCB works within the education sector to reignite the use of ceramics in the classroom. EYFS, Primary and Secondary have engaging hands on ceramic activity designed to support early experiences of using ceramics via Clay School-Ceramics Learning and Young People School Network. 

Ceramics, hands on, clay under your fingernails, experiences are vital for young people in Stoke-On-Trent. It is part of the cities DNA, it runs through the heart of everything the area is know for, "The Potteries". 

Typecast III

BCB have worked within the recovery community in Stoke-on-Trent over five years. The Typecast project aims to enable individuals in recovery to creatively plan, communicate and reflect on their recovery journey using clay.

Typecast also works towards getting participants back into the community, to share, inspire and teach other people in recovery their new creative skills. Identity, heritage and relationships will be key themes in the project, as artists Joe Hartley, Helen Felcey and Barry Taylor lead the group through the creative processes.