British Ceramics Biennial celebrates official opening of new studio

The team at the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) opened the doors to their brand-new public access ceramics studio, located in Stoke town centre, last week (22 May).



BCB Studio, Spode Works

The studio is based on the historic Spode Works factory site and provides the community with clay facilities in Stoke-on-Trent. It is an inclusive and welcoming space, a place to create, meet others, develop ideas, explore ceramics processes, and refine making skills.

During the opening event, guests and visitors had the opportunity to join in, make with clay and find out more about the facilities, equipment and upcoming events. 

The new studio has been made possible with funding from Historic England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council via the High Streets Heritage Action Zone. This is alongside generous support from Stoke Creates and local philanthropists via the recent Big Give Arts for Impact campaign backed by Arts Council England.



This is a huge step in our vision of making change through clay and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed and worked so hard to open our doors today. At BCB, we are passionate about promoting the role that arts and cultural activities can play in strengthening the identity and prosperity of our city. The studio will also support our year-round programmes in and around Stoke-on-Trent so more people can experience the creative, social, educational and wellbeing benefits of working with clay.” 

Clare Wood, Artistic Director & Chief Executive of the British Ceramics Biennial



Studio Membership 

Studio membershipis available for those who feel confident to work independently. The studio and its facilities are open to members on Mondays and Thursdays each week.


“The biggest impact the new space will have is the ability to work in a team to make together – it helps me to stay motivated in my own clay journey. It’s much better for Stoke – making the high street look better!”

Sara Adams, BCB studio member



Anyone interested in becoming a BCB studio member can find more information on our Studio Membership page or by emailing You can also sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with BCB news, events and opportunities.