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The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) launched in 2009 with a festival celebrating and showcasing contemporary ceramics from across the world.  Set in Stoke-on-Trent - the heart of the UK ceramics industry, the festival took place in established venues and non-traditional spaces across the city. It returned in 2011, 2013, 2015  and is back in 2017 for the fifth time.

For more information on the festival and to talk to the team about future opportunities please contact us.


By Train
The nearest train station is Stoke-on-Trent.  This station is a 5-minute walk from the original Spode site in Stoke-on-Trent Town Centre and a 30-minute walk from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery in the City Centre (Hanley).

By Bus
First bus services 23/ 23a /3 are ideal to travel to and from the original Spode site, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery.

Festival Map

Plan your visit with our festival map.


The 2017 Festival will take place across eight festival sites based across Stoke-On-Trent.  

The Original Spode Factory
Josiah Spode l acquired the site  in 1776 and Spode wares were made there continuously until 2008. In the 19th Century it was one of the two largest potteries in Staffordshire, boasting some 22 bottle ovens and employing around a thousand people. Find out more about Spode, explore the Spode Museum Trust