British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) embraces the heritage of the Potteries as the home of British ceramics.
We want everyone in the city to benefit from the social, educational and health benefits of our work. Since 2009, we have worked with partners across the city in cultural, heritage, education, health and community sectors to develop Stoke’s profile as a creative city and ensure this positively impacts on residents.
Together, we deliver an exciting year-round programme of artists’ commissions, education and community engagement projects. These projects feed into the festival programme of exhibitions and events.
2024 International Exchange: Indian Ceramics Triennale and British Ceramics Biennial
For the fourth International Exchange between British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) and Indian Ceramics Triennale (ICT), Copper Sounds will be visiting India to exhibit their work and to explore the links between their sonic ceramics and the ghatam, a traditional Indian clay instrument.
Transferer is an innovative project that explores cross-curricular approaches to art-based learning, supporting improvement in oracy and critical thinking skills for young people.
Clay Museum engages secondary school students with the museum and its collections through a series of hands-on clay workshops.
Moulding Memories is a project in partnership with Approach Staffordshire. It provides support to residents of Stoke-on-Trent living with dementia through weekly clay workshops.
The Recast project combines creativity, addiction recovery and clay.
How to Exhibit With Us
There are a few different exhibition opportunities available with BCB. We work with local, national and international artists through different ways.
British Ceramics Biennial provides open-access ceramics facilities in Stoke-on-Trent. We run our studio from the historic Spode Works factory site in the centre of the city.
Hire Kiln Space
Do you have clay work that you need to fire? Hire kiln space in one of our electric kilns at the BCB Studio.
Adult Learning Courses
Express yourself using clay in a relaxed and fun group setting, working on a specific project which develops specific hand-building skills.
Factory is a free programme for creatives in Staffordshire. It supports artists, designers, makers and other creatives to develop their practice and business.
The Generation project works with young people to explore the depth and range of ceramics heritage in the city through a range of workshops, sessions, and visits to heritage venues.
Foundations aims to make a difference in Stoke-on-Trent as children build essential skills, have fun, improve their health outcomes, celebrate and inspire others.
Stoke Makes Plates
Stoke Makes Plates is a heritage mapping project of Stoke’s high street. Over 150 residents of Stoke-on-Trent take part in plate-making workshops that explore Stoke’s past, present and future.
Talent Development Programme
The Talent Development Programme aims to secure a better and more sustainable future for emerging artists and to help anyone, whatever their background, to build a career in contemporary ceramics.
Community of Practice
The Community of Practice workshops (formerly known as the BCB National Summer School) supports the development of creative practice.
Artist Development Surgeries
The Artist Development Surgeries are an opportunity to talk about a project or idea that has a connection to Stoke-on-Trent, its people, place or industries.
Clay At Home
This project is an online creative learning programme to get people experimenting and engaging with clay in their homes.
Growing Cultures is a collaborative art and science project. We worked with artists, local health organisations, community groups and schools and used clay to explore the history of penicillin and the impacts of antibiotic resistance today.