CLAY School

The experience of ceramics, clay under their fingernails, is vital for the young people of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area. It is part of the city’s DNA, running through the heart of everything the area is known for as ‘The Potteries’ and is a cultural heritage that should inspire pride.

CLAY School Partnership (Ceramics, Learning and Young People School Partnership) provides the stimulus for projects that involve children and young people in the early engagement of clay, these cultural experiences led by artists demonstrate how ceramics can be experimented with, innovations created, and deeper hands-on learning pushed to the limits.

The objective of the CLAY School Partnership is to advocate for the provision of ceramics within education and aims to engage with all Stoke-on-Trent schools by 2021.



Current Opportunity:

Clay School Plaque Commission 2019

Calling all ceramic designers!

You are invited to apply for the design commission of the CLAY School 2019 commemorative wall mounted plaque.

British Ceramics Biennial believes that every child should have the opportunity to get clay under their fingernails and be inspired by the transformational properties of ceramics.

CLAY School is a national programme from the British Ceramics Biennial that shows the importance of hands-on art, cultural education, and demonstrates pathways to creative industries.

As part of their membership and and to recognise their support, CLAY School Plaques are awarded to member schools annually at the CLAY School Conference Event, which takes place at World of Wedgwood.

BCB are offering a fee of £1000 for the design and production of the 2019 CLAY School Plaque. This includes one CLAY School plaque design, all materials used in producing 25 ceramic wall mounted plaques for the deadline of Friday 20th September.

Maximum size restriction 30 cm diameter.

Deadline for submission of applications: Friday 29th July

Deadline for completed work to be delivered: Friday 20th September


For more details and how to apply, download the Clay School Plaque Commission document.

Enquire about joining the CLAY School

For more information about the CLAY School Partnership and how your school can get involved, please enquire.

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"Working with professionals such as BCB is vital. We want to provide as many enriching, real life experiences as we possibly can for all of our pupils - thank you for being such a significant part of this. The pupils spoke with real passion and enthusiasm about the work that they have completed via CLAY School. They thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.”

Principal, Thistley Hough Academy, Creative Education Trust, Stoke-on-Trent