Burleigh applies technology to tissue print

An academic-industry partnership with CFPR (Centre For Fine Print Research) combining digital print technology with traditional underglaze tissue printing

Awarded - Hannah Tounsend

Hannah was winner of the 2015 Fresh prize, a 1-month residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark. For her exhibition at BCB 2017 Hannah has created a set of three large vessels responding to the geology and patina of the Spode site. 

The Clay Pit

The Clay Pit:

Open access space for all ages to explore clay.

An interactive workshop space will be constructed, within China Halls, where community and education groups, BCB visitors and visiting artists can explore clay.

Via a series of large clay pits, copious amounts of ceramic material, oversize clay tools, and creative props, The Clay Pit will encourage communal hands-on play, exploration and construction.


The HeatBeat exhibition is presented across two sites Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and Bethesda Chapel 

In January 2017 a group of artists came together for an intensive 2 week residency in a remote village in rural Maharastra. Warli painters, artists and craft workers, a musician, film maker, story teller, designers and ceramic artists, collaborated in creating an installation in the landscape of the village, as a collective response to the idea of establishing an art centre as a site for the preservation and development of Warli cultural creative practice.

Graft Studio

Graft Studio Stoke on Trent is a city full of skilled craftspeople, and we are keen to preserve, promote and nurture these ceramic skills for the future. Focusing on the tradition of bone china flower making, we are working with local artisans to develop a social enterprise, allowing existing makers to reach new audiences for their work and for other makers to connect with flower makers and learn these heritage skills.

Adult Clay Courses

For those keen to learn new skills in making, we offer ceramics courses through Stoke-on-Trent City Council Adult and Community Learning. The beginners course explores the whole process of making from soft clay through to glaxed ceramic, encountering different making techniques throughout; whilst the intermediate course takes a look at different clays and plaster techniques, even a bit of Raku firing. The courses last for ten weeks and enrol regularly through the year.

Awarded -Sam Bakewell

After his piece Imagination Dead Imagine won Award in 2015, Sam has been invited to make a new presentation for this years Biennial. Between ambiguity and representation, the real deal and fakes, and the legitimacy of the raw and fired, Sam will continue a process of haphazard, arbitrary making rooted in utilising leftovers and scraps. With the expression of 'making something out of nothing' in mind, he intends to present a series of objects to question his own hangups with a 'gallery-ready' practice.

Photo; Imagaination Dead Imagine: Photo by Joel Fildes

Knowledge is Power: 6 Towns

Keith Harrison has been commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Archives in association with BCB to create a major new work, Knowledge is Power.  Inspired by the special Six Towns Collection of local history books, Harrison will work with local industry, and over 200 school children and community groups from the area to make a complete set of replica clay books which will be heated daily to unpredictable effect using specifically manufactured electrical elements embedded in each volume and triggered by an interactive switching mechanism.