Sarah Fraser joined the BCB team in 2019 as locum Studio Programme Manager and now works as part of the Engagement team. As part of Clay Works she delivers practical sessions with a focus on exploring materials and their creative potential in a playful collaborative way. These workshops are normally based in the BCB Studio, at local health and wellbeing organisations in Stoke and are currently being delivered online.
For the 2019 festival programme, Sarah led on the co-production of an edition of contemporary Staffordshire flatback figurines as part of the Cultural Icons exhibition, working with makers from various community projects. She also co-ordinated the Production Line where members of the public could gain an insight into traditional techniques through hands-on making in the China Hall.
Stoke is an exciting place to work, I have enjoyed getting to know the city, its heritage and the people through working with clay. I look forward to continuing to work with the team to develop the BCB studio as a place that builds community and develops engaging, memorable opportunities for everyone to connect with clay and Stoke’s rich ceramic traditions.
Alongside her engaged practice, Sarah continues to develop her own work as a ceramic artist. She studied visual arts at the University of South Africa and has a PGCE in lifelong learning from the University of Westminster. She developed her clay skills through independent study, use of shared studios in London and Manchester and work-based learning at Clay Studio in Manchester where she worked as head studio technician and tutor. In 2018, Sarah co-founded the shared studio, Manchester Ceramics Collective.