Digging Deep: Stories in Clay with Zeba Imam

Venue details
Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1QQ. 

Explore clay and slip, using marks and colour, to create a ceramic piece that tells a story. Your piece will be fired and glazed, and available for collection, 2 -3 weeks after the workshop.

In this three-hour workshop you will:

  • Find out more about Zeba Imam’s work, her ideas and how she makes her pieces
  • Experiment with techniques including slip decoration and sgraffito
  • Handbuild and decorate a ceramic piece

My work is inspired by the marks of human activity all around us. Bustling cityscapes, old and new jostling for space, timeworn aspects of an industrial building, casual graffiti… They convey the universal human wish to be seen and to communicate: “I am/was here”. – Zeba Imam


Digging Deep is part of the Crafts Council’s Make! Craft! Live! celebration. Make! Craft! Live! is a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. Running from October 2021 to October 2022, this marks 50 years of the Crafts Council and will be delivered through craft activities taking place at venues across the UK such as craft studios, museums, galleries, schools and community centres.


Leading the Event

BCB’s Associate Artist Zeba Imam



The workshop will take place at the British Ceramics Biennial studio at Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1QQ. 


Who For

This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, age 12 and above. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Parents/Guardians do not need to book a ticket unless they plan to take part in the workshop.


About BCB

British Ceramics Biennial is an arts organisation based in Stoke-on-Trent, UK’s home of ceramics.

Every two years, we hold a festival celebrating contemporary ceramic practice.  In addition to the festival – BCB has built up a programme of projects of artists’ residencies, fellowships, commissions, education, health and community projects running year-round. These programmes enhance, complement and form part of the festival.