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The Mighty Potters!

No, I haven’t suddenly gone football mad, but I thought the Stoke City fans’ nickname was rather apt. This month, our features really highlight the resurgence in Stoke-on-Trent’s status as the home of British ceramics.

With the six-week British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) running across various venues in the city until November, visitors will be spoilt for choice about what to see first. One hundred artists are taking part in a programme of exhibitions, installations, new commissions and hands-on activities. There are too many to list, even in our feature on the festival (see page 58), so check out the website (britishceramicsbiennial.com) for more details, and to help plan your visit. It’s definitely an event that’s not to be missed!

If you’d like a VIP BCB tour followed by afternoon tea at the World of Wedgwood for two, click here for our competition. You’ll have to be quick, as the prize can only be taken during the festival, which means that the closing date is earlier than our usual competitions.

Say ‘Wedgwood’, and the iconic blue and white jasper ware is probably the first thing that springs to mind, but there is so much more to the brand than that. A visit to the World Of Wedgwood offers the chance to tour the factory and watch the manufacturing process from start to finish; the museum contains an archive of over 80,000 items and hosts a permanent display from the V&A; you can shop in three stores, enjoy a meal or sumptuous afternoon tea, and relax in the award-winning gardens. There are also two studios where visitors can learn to throw, or decorate a piece of Wedgwood bisque to take home. If you’re in Stoke, plan a visit.

The development of Clay College Stoke is something we’ve been supporting and covering since our launch, and the first students are now in place and beginning their journey. They will learn not only the physical skills they need but, among other things, how to market themselves and their work once they’ve graduated. The presence of a gallery on-site will be integral to this, giving the students the opportunity to display and sell their work. They will also be manning it, interacting with customers and learning how to talk about their work. I can’t wait to see their first pieces on display. Good luck to all the students!

 

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