Talent Development Programme: Week 3

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Originally recorded 7th October 2021

About the Talent Development Programme  Week 3

Join us for the Talent Development Programme – Week 3, presented by British Ceramics Biennial in partnership with the creative business development programme Factory. This week, our artist speakers continue to share their unique personal experiences of practice. They talk about what it means to work with clay, finding a pathway in the field and establishing your ground. This week’s programme includes artist, researcher and writer Clare Twomey, studio potter Isatu Hyde and artist and researcher Anna Francis.


What this session covers

Clare Twomey speaks about finding her way in making work and practising in clay. She will shed light on her career journey and the insights gained over time. Lastly, she recognises the aspects of practice, experiences and relationships that help us on our way.

Isatu Hyde will offer insight into her journey of setting up a business as a potter and designer. She begins with her practice as an apprentice potter, then on to selling her work. She then talks about building relationships with galleries and colleagues within the field.

Anna Francis will draw on her practice as an artist based in Stoke-on-Trent since 2005. She will describe her approach to creating opportunities for herself and other artists and communities. This is all a result of an early realisation that if you want something to happen, sometimes you have to do it yourself. This DIY approach has led to many opportunities to get projects off the ground.


This event is for artists 

  • Who are interested in the benefits and practicalities of working with health providers and services
  • Starting out in their practice or progressing in their career in ceramics
  • Interested in connecting with peers and fellow artists, makers and potters who are also just setting out in their practice
  • Who want to learn from the experience of established makers, potters and artists working in the field of ceramics
  • Who want to start building a tool kit to help manage a sustainable career


The Talent Development Programme – Week 3 was delivered by

Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster. She works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years, she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts. Clare Twomey website link.


Isatu Hyde is a potter and designer. Specialising in individual and batch production, wheel-thrown ceramics. Isatu Hyde website link.


Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose work aims to create space to discuss and reframe city resources, through participatory art interventions.

She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently. In recent years the interventions which Anna has worked on focus on the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and use an action research process to recognise untapped resources, plan responses to disused sites in the city, take action to change the way these sites are viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent. Through this, Anna aims to gain an understanding of the role of artists, arts organisations and communities in the development of places.

Anna is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University, and a Director at AirSpace Gallery and The Portland Inn Project. Born in Canterbury, Kent, she first moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1997, and now lives here permanently with her partner and two children. Anna Francis website link.



Subtitles are available. Furthermore, if you have any access requirements or needs, please get in touch with us via info@britishceramicsbiennial.com.


Supported By

This event is supported by ACAVA, the European Regional Development Fund, Factory, the Fresh Talent Programme crowdfunding, Schroder Charity Trust and Staffordshire University.


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