The Recast project combines creativity, addiction recovery and clay. Recast is a collaboration between Stoke Recovery Service and BCB that’s been running since 2017.


What is Recast? 

Every week, members of the service take part in weekly clay workshops led by a BCB Associate Artist. These occur in 8-week blocks at Stoke Recovery Service HQ. Following these weekly workshops, members of the groups are invited to spend four days on an artist residency at Spode Works. Work made during this time is shared at public events and exhibitions.


What difference does Recast make? 

The social aspect of the group is very important. People also experience therapeutic benefits from hands-on activity with clay. Trying new things increases confidence and self-worth. 

“You can evolve. Every time you come, you’re doing something different. You’re thinking different as well.” – Wayne, Recast participant 

People make their own connections between ceramic processes and their recovery journeys. 

“The opportunity to develop a project to enable the client to be creative and also develop a deeper understanding and skill for their own recovery has made an outstanding impact on their overall wellbeing.” – Vicky Lomas, Service Manager


Could this work for you?

Collaborations between arts organisations and recovery services have many benefits. We are interested in sharing what works well and working in new settings. Contact us for an informal chat via


The Recast Podcast

Want to hear more about Recast from the participants themselves?  

Then listen to our podcast series, created by Adam Gratton from The Community Cast. You can hear different voices telling their own story of recovery and clay. Health and arts professionals also feature, giving their perspective on the project.  

 Listen to the first episode of the Recast podcast on the BCB player.  

Or tune in to listen to members Daz, Warren and Lead artist Joanne on the Creativity and Connection podcast created by the Up Men


 With thanks to

The Recast project has support from Arts Council England, The Rayne Foundation, The Community Foundation for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.