Place Setting

Place Setting is a film by deaf artist Nina Thomas. The title refers to both a place set at a table for dining and being sited in a particular geographical location, in this instance The Potteries.   

In this new commission, Nina explores themes of loss, memory, and community and what it is like to live and work as a deaf person in a hearing world. Nina researched local archives and interviews with deaf former ceramic industry workers from Stoke-on-Trent are presented alongside her film.   

Nina will run a workshop exploring the themes of the project through making, and will hold an event for deaf participants, their friends and family and other members of deaf and hearing communities in The Potteries.

Place Setting is a partnership commission from Animate Projects and British Ceramics Biennial.




The 2023 British Ceramics Biennial has now ended. Thank you to everyone who showed support by visiting, attending events and sharing your experiences on social media.




This exhibition is funded by National Lottery through the Arts Council and has support from dDeaflinks Staffordshire, Spode Museum Trust and The Willows School.

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