Friday, 7 October 2011

Things to See: The British Ceramics Biennial

L'Architect by Craig Mitchell, Porcelain & Wire sculpture
I'm very happy to be able to report on a truly special "Things to See", taking place in my home city. The British Ceramics Biennial has returned to Stoke-on-Trent, following the success of the event two years ago.

The Biennial is an innovative and exciting celebration of the British ceramics industry. As well as giving a platform to new and emerging art and design talent, the Biennial is also showing off the very best of the current British ceramics market. Companies such as Wedgwood, Portmeirion, Spode, Steelite, Emma Bridgewater and Burleigh (to name but a few) are displaying work. Not content with restricting the Biennial to a purely artistic vision, the organisers have also included items which serve more industrial purposes, and have even included a display of ceramic ball joint replacements to show how the UK ceramics market crosses over into the world of medicine.

AWARD will be hosted at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery; an exhibition featuring ceramic work by artists and designers, one of whom will be selected for a £10,000 prize.

FRESH takes place at the now disused Spode Factory site, and will make vibrant use of the factory's space to display the work of new art and design graduates, as well as featuring items from the British ceramics industry's market leaders and sculpture and installations from contemporary artists commissioned by the Biennial.

There will also be a series of interactive events and workshops, both at the Spode site and at other museums and galleries across Stoke-on-Trent.

Over the next few days, I'll be sharing a series of posts with you about the Biennial and its venues, along with my favourite picks.

The British Ceramics Biennial runs from now until November 13th at the Spode Factory Site, Stoke, and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Hanley.

For further information, including details of special events, opening times and all-important afternoon teas, visit the Biennial's website, here. 

Image courtesy of The British Ceramics Biennial.

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