The ReCast project combines creativity, addiction recovery and clay. ReCast is a collaboration with Stoke Recovery Service. British Ceramics Biennial have collaborated with Stoke Recovery Service since 2017. 


What is ReCast? 

Every week, members of the service take part in weekly clay workshops led by BCB artist Joanne Mills. Twice a year, the group spends a week in an artist residency at Spode Works. The group share work made during this time 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



We are working with Dena Bagi, a PhD student at the University of Sunderland. Dena’s research explores how and why an engagement with clay, in informal learning settings, may impact the addiction recovery process. Her research is funded by theArts and Humanities Research Council UK. 


Learn more 

Listen to ReCast members Daz, Warren and Lead artist Joanne on the Creativity and Connection podcast created by the Up Men. 


The ReCast project is supported by Arts Council England, The Rayne Foundation and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.