Stoke Makes Plates: Shop of Your Dreams



Venue details
Online via Zoom.
Additional information

A Zoom link will be sent out the day before the workshop.

Design your dream shop front using the architecture of Stoke’s high street as inspiration.



During this workshop, you will design a plate based on your dream shops with the guidance of artist Alice Thatcher. Draw and collage using materials you can find at home to to create the designs for your plate. Ignite your imagination and dreams for a future high street. In this workshop, well think about: 
  • What would you sell in your shop?
  • What shops would you like to see in Stoke town?
  • What would your dream shop be?
  • Who would your customers be? Why?

The finished designs will be transferred onto a plate in the BCB studio and exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial 2021 in September as part of the Stoke Makes Plates project. We will arrange a date with you to collect your plate once the festival ends. Please let your workshop leader know if you don’t want your plate to be included in the exhibition.

Stoke Makes Plates is a heritage mapping project of Stoke’s high street. Over 150 residents are taking part in plate-making workshops that explore Stoke’s past, present and future. The plates will record people’s experiences from the last two years. Creating a conversation through clay across the city and beyond. 

Learn more about the Stoke Makes Plates project.



This workshop is suitable for residents of Staffordshire and anyone interested in learning about the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent’s high street. All ages and abilities welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.



This workshop is running on from 2-3pm on Wednesday 7 April and will be repeated on Wednesday 14 April. There will be 15 spaces available per workshop.


Materials List

Materials to collect beforehand:

  • Old magazines, newspapers
  • Glue
  • Pencils, pens, crayons etc
  • Plain paper
  • Tracing paper/greaseproof paper

A pdf stencil will be sent to you to print off before the workshop.


Stoke Makes Plates is part of the Stoke High Street Heritage Action Zone programme delivered by Historic EnglandTheir aim is to unlock the potential of high streets across England, fuel economic, social and cultural recovery and breathe new life into it for future generations. The project is part funded by Historic England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.