Decoding Ceramics Symposium

Venue details
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, ST1 3DW

Decoding Ceramics is the culmination and output of CRAFT, a 3 year project funded by the European Union bringing together 5 institutions; UAL London, NOVA Lisbon, UMPRUM Prague, KHiO Oslo and KHB Berlin.



Decoding Ceramics

The intention of this project is to map ceramic knowledge across Europe, assess the salience of practice to place, build a visual and oral record of specialist processes and techniques, develop methods to effectively share this knowledge across the teaching and expert network to ensure heritage crafts skill are relevant to future practice. The outcome of this work has been the development and launch of an open education platform that maps expert and specialist knowledge and translates this into open-access teaching tools and instructional videos.

The Decoding Ceramics symposium will comprise keynote speakers and presentations introducing you to the project and our open-access platform. A series of invited speakers will celebrate knowledge and skill through short presentations. All of this is followed by a panel discussion involving key practitioners beyond our project before ending the evening with Networking Drinks in the British Ceramics Biennial exhibitions at All Saints Church. 

Visitors are invited to register at the event with the Decoding Ceramics network and add themselves to the map.



Who is this for?

This event is for the entire ceramic community including:

  • Amateur potters and novices  
  • FE + HE students and teachers 
  • Established makers and studios
  • New learners 
  • Researchers




Tony Quinn 

Anthony Quinn is Reader in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins, his recent research has been in Digitally Enhanced Craft and Heritage Manufacturing. He was project co-ordinator on Firing Up, the Crafts Councils national programme to re-introduce ceramics into the school curriculum. He is the author of The Ceramic Design Course (2006) and the co-author of the Workshop Guide to Ceramics (2012). He collaborated with Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute on the development of a new Internet of Things, vision recognition system called Artcodes. Quinn has extensive experience of designing social interactions in extreme contexts from Design Transforms Borders in (2019 & 22), to Tall Tales (2010-15) a co-design project between Design students from Bergen Academy of Art & Design with Inmates of Vik Prison.  


Márcia Vilarigues

Márcia Vilarigues is Assistant Professor and Head of the Conservation Department at FCT NOVA. She is also the Director of the Research Unit VICARTE (Glass and Ceramic for the Arts), integrating 36 members (16 PhD students), including artist, historian, archeologists, conservators, chemists and material scientists. She works in the field of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage in the area of Technical Art History and Materials Degradation. Her motivation for research is to preserve our material cultural history and enrich knowledge of our shared past through the history of objects. As team member of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 5 project T-Factor, Creative Europe Craft-HUB and Erasmus E+KA2 Craft.


Barbara Schmidt 

Barbara Schmidt is a designer, and since 2014 has been a professor of design with a focus on design and experiments at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Since 1991, she has worked for Kahla/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH. Her designs in porcelain have received numerous international design awards. Barbara’s work has been shown in exhibitions at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin and at the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt in the city of Halle.


Milan Pekař 

Milan Pekař is a ceramic designer and maker, owner of Milan Pekař Studio in Prague, Czech Republic. He was born and educated in Prague and currently holds a position as assistant professor at the Applied Art University in Prague. For the last 4 years Milan has been concentrating on the development of Crystalline Glazes, a particular mixture of ceramic glaze ingredients which is applied on vases and fired to high temperature. After spending countless hours and overcoming many disastrous results, he finally reached the satisfactory formulation. His new collections have been exhibited across Europe.



How to book

Please book your tickets through the Decoding Ceramics Eventbrite page.




  • Fully wheelchair and push chair accessible
  • Step-free site
  • The museum has no on-site parking
  • Several Pay & Display Car Parks can be found nearby
  • It is recommended that blue badge holders use spaces in Albion Street (ST1 1QF), where there is a disabled bay and on-street bays which are free to badge holders

For more information and contact details visit The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery website.