Foundations Project

Foundations is an ambitious project. It aims to make a difference in Stoke-on-Trent as children build essential skills, have fun, improve their health outcomes, celebrate and inspire others.

It developed in response to the questions children ask us about clay. “Where does it come from? Why is it cracking? How does it get hard?”

The project will build on young people’s curiosity in materials and their immediate environment to dig down and explore the clay beneath their feet.

Taking place during school holidays over 2 and a half years, The Clay Foundation and The Hubb Foundation will work with children across Stoke-on-Trent in open-ended and play-based sessions. Discoveries will be child-led and centred around fun.

Sessions include:

  Explore and dig: 2 groups of 15 children get out and get their hands mucky, exploring clay in areas where they spend time.

  Test and make: What is in the earth? 30 children visit local manufacturers, make test tiles, make ideas, make objects and make a mess.

  Think: Children reflect on our relationship with the earth under our feet.

  Share: Children create films, images and information for 10 groups of 30 children across Stoke-on-Trent.

  Celebrate: Children will celebrate their discoveries within a national platform by hosting activities during British Ceramics Biennial. 3,000 children take part.



Foundations is managed by British Ceramics Biennial with support from The Hubb Foundation to work with schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Foundations is kindly supported via ‘Curiosity’, a collaboration between BBC Children in Need and Wellcome Trust. ‘Curiosity‘ provides funding for organisations who want to run exciting and engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people.