Spode -China Hall

Address: China Hall, Old Spode Works, Kingsway, Stoke-On-Trent, ST4 1JH 

Phone: 01782 294634

Web: www.britishceramicsbiennial.com

Opening Times: Monday - Closed

                           Tuesday - Saturday - 10am -5pm

                           Sunday: 12-4pm  

The Brown Betty - The Archetypal Teapot

A re-imagining of the archetypal teapot – the Brown Betty - by Ian McIntyre will be launched with an exhibition of an exclusive limited edition, available for sale through BCB.  This iconic object was designed and refined through a process of making which spans 300 years. Once made in its millions, it is still produced in Stoke from the original Etruria Marl red clay - the bed rock of the city - and glazed with the instantly recognisable Rockingham dark treacle glaze.

Division of Labour

Peter Jones, BCB associate artist, will present work from his PhD project in a specially constructed research laboratory space set up within the China Hall.  A creative journey through the Spode site, mapping factory functions and investigating manufacturing processes will be represented in a set of objects assembled in the lab space

Brownsword, Neil and Kim, Juree

Place and Practices

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


The FRESH exhibition presents the best of the new cohort of talented graduates from UK higher education ceramic courses and programmes. FRESH both celebrates and gives platform to new talent at the start of professional careers. The FRESH selection panel, will choose a maximum of 25 artists’ work to be included in the final exhibition. Selected artists will represent the range of work from across the ceramic spectrum - from studio pottery tableware and industrial design to figurative and abstract sculpture and installation.



Malene Hartmann Rasmussen –

Zoe Lloyd

Eva Masterman

Pauliina Pöllänen

Matthew Raw

Nicholas Rena

Alex Simpson

Matt Smith

Katie Spragg

Tana West