22 Hands



Venue details
World of Wedgwood, Wedgwood Drive
ST12 9ER
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  • Visiting information
  • Wednesday - Sunday 10am – 5pm.
    Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Artists Duncan Hooson and Stephanie Buttle have come together to create 22 Hands, an exhibition, performance, workspace and intervention at the World of Wedgwood, home of the world renowned Wedgwood factory and the award winning Wedgwood Museum.

The artists are transforming and animating an unused, anonymous courtyard, an indoor/outdoor space which currently links the Factory to the Museum. Introducing physical structures, pools of slip, platforms of moulds, a clay tunnel and soundscapes the space will be brought alive, acting as an immersive theatre of making as the artists research, rehearse and make visible their creative process and thinking for the public. Hooson and Buttle will be joined by multi media artist Tim Gray.  Working closely with the artists in developing an audio sensory experience to accompany the projects inclusive experience including sound, text, found industrial machinery to realize his interests in cultural and social contexts.


For several days each week during the festival the artists will be present, enacting their creative process in the theatre space. Evolving throughout the project Buttle will work with the public and local professional dancers towards a series of choreographed dance sketches, these discoveries will be a response to the physical gestural movements of ceramic manufacturing as well as the Laban techniques that Glenys Barton was so influenced by. This original dance and movement work will be developed, choreographed and performed publicly throughout the live residency event.

The dates that the artists will be present onsite are:

13th, 14th and 15th Sept
20th, 21st, 22nd Sept
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th October
11th, 12th and 13h October


22 Hands is generously supported by Potclays Ltd, a leading award-winning provider of ceramic supplies and training to the studio ceramics and paint-your-own-pottery markets.