Clay School - Ceramics Learning and Young People School Network

BCB works within the education sector to reignite the use of ceramics in the classroom. EYFS, Primary and Secondary have engaging hands on ceramic activity designed to support early experiences of using ceramics via Clay School-Ceramics Learning and Young People School Network. 

Ceramics, hands on, clay under your fingernails, experiences are vital for young people in Stoke-On-Trent. It is part of the cities DNA, it runs through the heart of everything the area is know for, "The Potteries". 

Typecast III

BCB have worked within the recovery community in Stoke-on-Trent over five years. The Typecast project aims to enable individuals in recovery to creatively plan, communicate and reflect on their recovery journey using clay.

Typecast also works towards getting participants back into the community, to share, inspire and teach other people in recovery their new creative skills. Identity, heritage and relationships will be key themes in the project, as artists Joe Hartley, Helen Felcey and Barry Taylor lead the group through the creative processes.


The Portland Inn Project

Artist Anna Francis has been working with the Portland Sreet residents for a number of years, to plan a future for their changing community with clay. Clay has been used to gather and activate the community, encouraging individuals to communicate and form ideas about the future of their place.

The Portland Street Community is in flux, as new residents move into a long-standing community through a £1 home scheme, initiated by Stoke-On-Trent City Council.

World in One City

Over the past 5 years, we have been working with the refugee and asylum community in Stoke-On-Trent, to explore participants cultural identity, place and heritage. 


This year resident artist Jo Ayre and assistant Alice Thatcher have been bringing togther food and clay, to encourage the group to reflect/make sense of the new community they find themselves within. 

Studio Assistant

More than just another festival, the BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL (BCB) is a statement of intent, a significant and long-term intervention in the landscape of the Potteries and its ceramics industry and heritage as Stoke-on-Trent confidently moves forward and reinvents itself for the c21st. Planning for the 2015 Festival is currently underway with the majority of the programme set. 


Over the last five years the BCB has been successfully working with flower makers and artists, revitalising flower making, repurposing their use as beautiful and symbolic objects in their own right and as components for compelling sculptural and art installations. BCB continues to work towards its ambition of repurposing traditional local skills and helping to rebuild a small part of the ceramics industry that was almost lost – bone china flower-making.


Press Releases

Images top to bottom: Hannah Tounsend, Traversing the Lines 2015, image Joel Fildes; Sam Bakewell, Imagination Dead Imagine 2015, image Sylvian Deleu;  Lawrence Epps, AGAIN / the very last time; Stephen Dixon, Resonate.