Alchemy and Metamorphosis

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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda St
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  • Monday-Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday-Saturday 10am – 5pm
    Sunday 10am-4pm
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Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm

Sunday 11am–4pm.


About Alchemy and Metamorphosis

Neil Brownsword’s exhibition, Alchemy and Metamorphosis, examines the innovations and ingenuity of North Staffordshire’s early ceramic industrialisation through a range of contemporary practices and perspectives. Curating a timeline of objects and archaeology from the Potteries Museum and other world-class regional collections, internationally acclaimed artist Neil Brownsword reveals the technologies, cultural influences and empiricism that led to the growth of a world-renowned centre of ceramic production.

In response to this history, Brownsword will present a combination of new and ongoing works that re-imagine historic materials and practices through the collision of traditional ceramic skills and digital technology. A programme of performances and demonstrations throughout the duration of the exhibition will engage visiting public with live research co-ordinated by Brownsword in collaboration with visual simulation experts and ex-ceramic industry artisans.

Alchemy and Metamorphosis aims to renegotiate the contemporary relevance and unrealised creative potential of industrial craft practices that once fashioned material objects in particular ways.


Exhibiting Artist

Neil Brownsword
Neil Brownsword website link.



Every weekend throughout the duration of the exhibition, former industry crafts people and digital experts will occupy the gallery to share insights into traditional processes and experimentation through live research. Neil Brownsword’s collaborators include china flower maker Rita Floyd, copper plate engraver Paul Holdway and modeller Peter Allen.


Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th September
Saturday 12- 3.00pm
Mould maker James Adams and flower maker Rita Floyd
Sunday 12- 3.00pm
Rita Floyd and Neil Brownsword
Saturday 2nd October
12.00- 4.00pm
Jan Korenko – photogrammetry and augmented and virtual reality expert from Staffordshire University
David Finney – mould maker, Staffordshire University; flower maker Rita Floyd
Sunday 3rd October
12- 3.00pm
Ed Austin – 3D ceramic print specialist, Staffordshire University; flower maker Rita Floyd


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Supported By

Alchemy and Metamorphosis is run in partnership with The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and funded by Arts Council England. It is supported by Brampton Museum, Staffordshire University, Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, V&A Wedgwood Collection, Wheal Martyn Clay Works and The Whitegold Project.