Potclays Limited - Education materials

Established in 1932, Potclays a family owned and run business has grown to be a leading awards-winning provide of ceramic supplies and training to the studio ceramics and paint your own pottery markets. Potclays premium-quality clay bodies have a worldwide reputation, especially the unrivalled panmilled bodies which are manufactured using traditional machinery and a process unique within the industry. Potclays have a highly qualified and experienced team of engineers building top-quality kilns for hobby, educational and industrial use.  


Valentine Clays Ltd -Artists commissions materials

In the world capital of ceramics and heart of the potteries Valentine Clays, a family run manufacturer, has been supplying clay bodies and raw materials in Stoke-on-Trent for the past 36 years.

Refugee Tales

Refugee Tales is a continuation of Stephen Dixon’s on-going World War 1 research project, exploring commemoration through clay and working with refugee and community groups in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. The participants, members of the Jubilee Club, are examining their own perceptions of identity, displacement and migration, and comparing these to the experiences of the Belgian refugees who came to the UK during World War 1. 

Artists: Stephen Dixon, Jo Ayre, Barry Taylor, Johnny Magee and members of the Jubilee Club

Knowledge is Power: 6 Towns

Keith Harrison has been commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Archives in association with BCB to create a major new work, Knowledge is Power.  Inspired by the special Six Towns Collection of local history books.

The main display from the project will fprm a major installation in the Spode China Hall, with an assosiated display and seris of events programmed at The City Central Library, Hanley.

Shaping The Future

The exhibition “Shaping the Future” is part of the European funded Ceramics and its Dimensions project, with the intention of discussing the future of ceramics by exploring new techniques, technologies and rethinking materials.


Neil Brownsword examines inter-relationships between the past and present, through ‘reclaiming’ the former Spode Factory as a site of ceramic production. In his performative installation FACTORY, recently exhibited at the Korea Ceramics Foundation, Brownsword ‘re-orchestrates’ the specialist knowledge of former ceramic industry artisans, to highlight marginalised practices now in danger of being lost. South Korea’s safeguarding of intangible heritage, associated with its own ceramic history has ensured that associated skills are maintained for future generations.


From their ancient origins as functional structures built to provide a source of clean drinking and bathing water, sanitary improvements meant that the ubiquitous public fountain developed into representations of a city's status – grand landmarks and creative symbols of authoritative or industrial power, wealth and prosperity.

What Can Ceramics Do?

Every year, second year BA Ceramic Design students at Central Saint Martins engage in ‘The Client Project’ which sees five businesses or organisations working with small groups of students who act as a design consultancy. 

Usually there is quite a specific design brief from commercial enterprises or organisations but 2017 was a little different. Students were asked to explore the power of the ceramic material and its possibilities for social impact by working with five Charities or social enterprises:

Ceramic City

BCB aims to reflect the current surge in interest in ceramics and with it the resurgence of the city’s ceramics industry, it will illustrate a positive message about the city, how it wishes to present itself, with confidence as the UK’s Ceramics City, leading the ‘march of the makers’.

Fountain 17

Tuesdays – Saturdays, Wednesday 6 September - Saturday 28 October

Celebrating Coincidence:

1817 Armitage Shanks

1917 Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain

2017 Fountain 17

Celebrating the anniversaries of Armitage Shanks and Duchamp’s controversial artwork, Fountain 17 is an exhibition created in partnership with Hull, UK City of Culture 2017.