Stoke Makes Plates
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- Visiting information
- Open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday (last admission 4pm)
Closed to the public Monday and Tuesday
The festival is closed to the public Mondays and Tuesdays.
Please note, last admission is at 4pm.
About Stoke Makes Plates
Stoke Makes Plates features more than 250 unique plates that have been made and designed by residents of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Using plates as an artistic canvas, each creator responded in an individual way. Some explored their heritage, personal stories, memories or recent experiences. While others represented their hopes and wishes for the future or depicted what brings them comfort or solace.
With the challenges presented throughout 2020 to 2021, many of the plate design sessions took place online. Clay kits were given to participants ahead of zoom sessions led by artists that saw kitchen tables and communal areas transformed into clay studios. It was possible to hold some of the later workshops in person, giving those taking part the chance to experience different techniques, including throwing and raku.
Each plate created makes a direct connection with the rich ceramic heritage of Stoke-on-Trent, communicating a thought, idea or representation of significance to the maker. The designs reflect a personal experience of the world, captured in a contemporary moment.
The Hub, Fenton
North Staffs Combined Healthcare Early Intervention Team
Belong Village, Newcastle-under-Lyme
Haywood Foundation Volunteers
Clay at Home online workshops
Restoke Mothers – Maternal Journal
North Midlands LGBT Older People’s Group
Headway North Staffs
The Grocott Centre
Rowan Court Care Home
RCCG Living Water Parish
Stoke Recovery Service
City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
Stoke-on-Trent Adult and Community Learning ESOL students
Visitors to Stoke-on-Trent Pride
Joanne Mills website link.
Sarah Fraser website link.
Alice Thatcher website link.
Zeba Imam website link.
The project was delivered in partnership with Duchess China 1888 and funded by Stoke-on-Trent City Council Community Investment Fund and Stoke Town High Street Heritage Action Zone.
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