Factory – Ceramic Study Day

Venue details
 Heraldic Pottery, Duchess China 1888 and British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent.
Additional information

This is a free event for makers/artists/designers based in Stoke-on-Trent.

About Factory – Ceramic Study Day

Staffordshire based makers/designers/artists are invited to a ceramics study day in Stoke-on-Trent on 15th September, to coincide with the 2021 British Ceramics Biennial. 

This event is a jam-packed ceramics study day visiting Heraldic Pottery, Duchess China 1888 and the BCB festival. The tours at Heraldic Pottery and Duchess China 1888 will be led by joint Managing Director Jason Simms. You’ll learn about:

  • High quality production processes including decal printing and application.
  • Ceramic production in Stoke-on-Trent.
  • Working with industry to produce a line of products.
  • Costs involved and who to contact.

The tours at Heraldic Pottery and Duchess China 1888 will be followed by a tour of the BCB festival. 

This study day is through partnership with Design Nation and so you’ll have the chance to meet other creatives and designers as part of this trip. 



For makers/artists/designers who are based in Staffordshire. If you’re not based in Staffordshire and you’re interested please get in touch and we can place you on the reserve list: rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com.


Delivered By

Jason Simms will lead the tours in both Heraldic Pottery and Duchess China 1888. Jason is joint Managing Director of Duchess China 1888 and Heraldic Pottery. Jason originally trained  in the ceramics industry and was a Designer for Wedgwood before starting out his business ventures with joint Managing Director Andy Tooth. 



Heraldic Pottery, Plantation Road, Newstead Industrial Estate, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8HX.

Duchess China 1888, Uttoxeter Rd, Longton, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PB.

The Goods Yard (BCB Festival Hub), 4 Glebe St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HG.



10 places, allocated on a first-come first-served basis.



Book your place via the Factory Eventbrite page.


On the Day

Wednesday 15th September 2021 

We will meet outside the railway station at 9.45am where a private coach will pick up participants and provide transport throughout the day, before returning to the station at approx. 5pm  

Please find below the outline of the day. Once we confirm participants, we will circulate a detailed itinerary. 


Draft Itinerary

Arrival at Stoke-on-Trent train station, pick up by private coach 

Tour of Heraldic Pottery Ltd by Jason Simms. Heraldic specialise in production of hand-printed decals which they apply to chinaware. 

Heraldic Pottery Ltd, Newstead Industrial Estate, Trentham ST4 8HX 

Lunch at Potters Club, Station Road, ST4 2SA. 

Tour of the Duchess China 1888 factory by Jason Simms, joint Managing Director of Duchess China 1888 and Heraldic Pottery. Duchess China produces whiteware and other designs, and ranges for artists, craft makers and designers. 

Duchess Works, Uttoxeter Road, Longton ST3 1PB 

Tour of the British Ceramics Biennial with Rhiannon Ewing-James Creative Producer, BCB, followed by time to look around independently. 

British Ceramics Biennial, The Goods Yard, ST4 1HG 



If you have any access needs or if there is anything we can do to make the event more inclusive and easier for you to participate please get in touch and let us know via rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com.


Dietary requirements

As snacks and refreshments are included in this event, please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements via rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com.


Supported By

This event is run in partnership with Design Nation, Duchess China 1888, Heraldic Pottery and Factory.