Joining the team in 2017, just prior to BCB2017 Festival, Natalie manages the Education strand of the BCB engagement programme. Her main responsibilities include the CLAY School programme and CLAY Museum, a project run in partnership with Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. In 2019 she will also be managing a new project that will be engaging young people (16-25) with different aspects of ceramics heritage through hands-on clay workshops.
Natalie has a background in art history, film, and material culture and 2016 completed her PhD in English and American Studies at University of Manchester. She has experience in a range of different education settings, having taught at college and university level and within informal settings through arts engagement work. Outside of BCB, Natalie maintains her own creative practice through writing and work in a range of media.
The 2019 festival will see a range of projects developed through the Education Programme come to fruition, including Cast of Thousands and Growing Cultures. Throughout the festival Natalie will be co-ordinating engagement activity with schools, including visits and hands-on workshops.
“We have some big projects from the education strand that will be featured at this year’s festival and I am really looking forward to the students getting to see their work alongside that of established ceramic artists.”