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Be Inspired By Clay This Half Term at the British Ceramics Biennial


British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) in Stoke-on-Trent will host an action-packed events programme for visitors to get mucky, make and get excited by clay this half-term, from Saturday 21 to Saturday 29 October.

Inspired by the artists taking part in this ceramics festival, the free family-friendly programme will include a chance to learn from master potters and artists, create masterpieces and visit inspirational places in the home of British ceramics. The half-term programme will take place across the city and will include:


Cord, Cotton and Clay, Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 October, 11am to 4pm, part of The Big Draw

In Spode’s China Hall, textiles will be introduced to BCBs Clay Pit to show how materials can mix and result in marvelous creations.  On Saturday 28 October, Richard Parker from series two of BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down will run a series of live pottery demonstrations.

Ceramic Saunters Family Walking Trail, Stokies Stride Out Walking Festival, Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October

As part of the city’s first ever walking festival, this new family trail links up the best pottery-led things to do for families in Stoke-on-Trent.

MINIMake Fest, Longton Library, Wednesday 25 October, 11am to 3pm

A mini version of Longton Library’s popular MakeFest event, where participants can explore, discover and play with some amazing technology.

Clay Play, World of Wedgwood, Tuesday 24 October, 1pm to 3pm

Ceramic artist Alice Thatcher leads a fun workshop at the site of one of the most important collections of ceramics in the world.  Participants will get their hands dirty in large clay pits while they make ceramic sculptures, works of art and other objects.

All events are free of charge.

The British Ceramics Biennial is an ongoing programme of events and hands-on activities which includes the Clay Pit, a series of Super Saturdays and Clay Book-Making.  To close the festival on Sunday 5 November, potter and Great Pottery Throw Down judge, Keith Brymer Jones will give a series of throwing demonstrations in Spode’s China Hall.

The full line-up of exhibitions, installations and hands-on events running throughout the festival can be found on the British Ceramics Biennial website The British Ceramics Biennial will take place in Stoke-on-Trent until 5 November 2017.  Family-friendly activities will take place across all BCB partner venues during the festival; visitors should check individual venue websites for details.


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