The ReCast project combines creativity, addiction recovery and clay. ReCast is delivered in partnership with Stoke Recovery Service.

The ReCast clay group meets once a week at Stoke Recovery Service. The group work alongside BCB artists Joanne Ayre, and Joanna Hejmej to make objects from clay. Twice a year, the group attend the British Ceramics Biennial’s studio at Spode Works to spend a week developing ideas and extending skills in making ceramics. Work made during this time is shared at public events and exhibitions.

ReCast online

During the Covid-19 crisis, BCB Associate Artist Sarah Fraser will use Google Meet to facilitate  sessions exploring journeys and routines through drawing and creative processes. As with our face-to-face work, these group workshops are the chance to have fun, connect with others and do something different.

What difference does ReCast make?

Meeting new people and having something to look forward to are key benefits from the project. Trying new things and making work that you’re proud of also increases confidence and self-worth.

“When you see your finished work – ta da! Wow! Where did that come from? It makes you smile. It’s surprising where your imagination takes you.”
-ReCast group

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


We are working closely with Dena Bagi, a PhD student at the University of Sunderland, during ReCast. 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 the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK

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