The BCB Studio

The BCB Studio is a space to create based in the heart of Stoke on Trent at Spode Works. 

A couple of kilns, a few wheels, an extruder, slab roller and a collection of moulds, have provided the humble beginings for a space that is developing in ambition and energy. 

The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys project is led by Professor Stephen Dixon from Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Stephen’s large-scale monumental clay head Resonate sculpture, commemorating the soldiers of the North Staffordshire Regiment in the Great War, was featured in last year’s 2015 British Ceramics Biennial.

Food On My Plate

The Clay Foundation is campaigning for the removal of the airline-style plastic compartment trays, currently used in schools across the UK for the serving of school meals, in favour of proper ceramic plates. Over 150 ceramic plates have been hand made by school children, reinforcing healthy eating messages and evoking a sense of civic pride.  Harpfields Primary Academy, Thistley Hough Academy, Oakhill Primary School, Hillside Primary and Watermill Special School have so far taken place.  

About Learning

The BCB engagement team works with talented artists on a number of projects within the community and education sector in Stoke-on-Trent. The main aim of this work is to investigate if clay/creativity can have a positive impact on people’s lives. There are two main areas of work within BCB’s engagement with the local community and in formal education.

Community Projects
We are currently concentrating our work within changing communities in the City. We test how creativity can communicate or help plan a period of transition or change.

Clay Together

Clay Together 

Our "Clay Together" events are aimed at bringing people togther through making with clay. 

Open Access Studio

Open Access Studio 
Our studio regulars have access to the Studio on a Monday 5:30 - 9pm and Thursday  8-8:30pm.


BCB would like to thank our suppliers for their continued support, ideas and organisation.

Earthen Lamp

SDB Leisure

Iliana Taliotis PR

The Audience Agency

Office of Craig

Joel Chester Fildes 

Take One Media

Project Partners

We would like to thank our project partners for their continued support, collaboration and investment.


AirSpace Gallery


Canal and River Trust

Lifelong Learning Programme


Community Maker


This summer, artist Anna Francis from AirSpace Gallery, Hanley, will lead the Community Maker project in the Portland Street area. Through this project, local residents are invited to explore the community together and think about the future, while sharing food together and working with clay.

During the project we will explore what the area already has to offer, and through some creative workshops and food sharing events we will start to consider plans for the future.

Stoke Minster (Church of St Peter ad Vincula)

Some time in the 7th Century the Saxon Hoard was buried in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia. At about the same time Christian missionaries arrived at a ‘sacred site’ or ‘Stoke’ by the river Trent. A wooden cross would have been erected  to claim the site for Christ. The first church was built and dedicated  to St Peter’s chains (St Peter ad Vincula). Here would have been based a mynster -a community of prayer –  bringing the gospel to this part of Mercia.  Here are the very foundations of the modern city of Stoke-on-Trent.