Ferdinand the Bull CPD workshop for teachers

Venue details
BCB Studio, units 118 & 124, Church St ST4 1BU

Join us for this Ferdinand the Bull CPD workshop to explore themes of self-expression, ani-bullying and pacifism, using ceramics as a link to history.



About the Ferdinand the Bull CPD workshop

This 90-minute practical CPD workshop will introduce you to the new Clay School project launched by BCB.

Working with V&A Wedgwood, we have been developing workshop activities and resources based on the story of Ferdinand the Bull by Munro Leaf and the ‘Ferdinand’ ceramic figure designed by Arnold Machin for Wedgwood in 1942 while exploring the themes of anti-bullying and self-expression. See the ‘Ferdinand’ figure in the V&A Wedgwood collection.

Workshop participants will have the chance to design, create and decorate their own bull character based on the Arnold Machin ceramic ‘Ferdinand’.



Workshop themes 

  • Self-expression, anti-bullying and acceptance of other people 
  • History of Arnold Machin and Wedgwood, themes of pacifism and art’s role in social justice
  • Curriculum links across key stages to PHSE, history and art 



Where does this CPD workshop take place?

BCB Studio

118 & 124 Church St


There is a pay-and-display car park on the Spode factory site on Elenora Street. There is also paid car park on Hide Street nearby.



How to book

Book your free ticket for the Ferdinand the Bull CPD workshop via the link on this page. You will receive an email confirmation when you book.



In-person Access:

  • This venue has flat access via lift
  • We have a portable Loop for those who need it. Please email ahead of the event if you would like to use this system (info@britishceramicsbiennial.com)
  • We will share a resource pack after the event including summary notes and other relevant links and resources

If there is anything we can do to support your participation in the event please email info@britishceramicsbiennial.com.



About Clay School

The Clay School project is part of the Clay & Communities programme, delivered through a partnership between British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) and Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL). Clay & Communities is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), which is managed by the City of Stoke-on-Trent Council.

Learn more about Clay School.