• ‘Shinkasuru’, Alice Thatcher 2012 ©

    Alice Thatcher is an artist based in Stoke-on-Trent who works with clay and people.
    Since graduating from the University of Sunderland in 2012, as well as freelancing, Alice has been working for the British Ceramics Biennial, Appetite Stoke, B-Arts and Creative Health CIC, facilitating clay workshops and working on various community and school projects in the local area. This has been her focus as she believes it is extremely important to teach people new social and cultural ideas using creative mediums, and to experience the versatility, beauty and heritage of clay.
    Alice’s recent porcelain paper clay work reflects ideas of fragility and material transformation through the human hand. Each porcelain paper crane is individually hand folded and painted. These extremely fragile pieces are paper-like, but on closer inspection, the ceramic qualities are visible.

community maker

In week two of the Community Maker course, the participants tried their hand at printing. Using a mono-printing technique, the group created designs inspired by their environment and community, which were transformed into ceramic decals to be added to the fired plates. The second activity, led by artist Kat Evans was a stamp making and … Continue reading

community maker

“Community Maker is a 3 year project, a partnership between British Ceramics Biennial and AirSpace Gallery.  In 2015 – the project was all about aiming to create space for a community to get together, eat, meet and make – and explore together, how to develop the area. I am the lead artist of the project, … Continue reading

clay together

As part of my Artist in Training Programme with the British Ceramics Biennial I delivered a ‘Clay Together’ session at the BCB studio. The sessions are aimed at bringing people together through making with clay, and are a great opportunity for people to learn new skills and relax in a calm environment. With the group, … Continue reading

artist in training programme report

The Artist in Training Programme with The British Ceramics Biennial and Arts Connect has been an invaluable experience. Since the start of the programme in February, my skills, knowledge, experience and confidence have improved vastly. I have had the opportunity to work in the BCB studio alongside artist and studio manager Joanne Ayre, I have … Continue reading

‘development’ on world in one city – artist training programme

The ‘World in One City’ project explores themes surrounding cultural identity, place, heritage and feasting. Bringing together food and clay, throughout the weeks, the Burslem Jubilee group have reflected on the new community they have found themselves within. The participants have also been learning some of the history of Stoke-on-Trent and have developed new skills in ceramics. The … Continue reading

artist in training programme – world in one city

Our final session with the second World In One City group was led by artists Steve Dixon, Eleanor Sims and Joanne Ayre. We created medals using mixed media techniques and added decals to the pieces created previously. As well as creating and finishing pieces, Barry Taylor joined us in the BCB studio for a conversation with … Continue reading

artist in training programme – world in one city

Week six of World In One City was a very relaxing and calm session. We started the day by creating tea caddies and tea strainers with Joanne Ayre. Joanne started the session off with a discussion about teas, and we shared stories and talked about how significant and familiar a cup of tea is in … Continue reading

‘this way up’ at wolverhampton art gallery

‘This Way Up’ is a wellbeing project by Creative Health CIC for people living in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire. The project is tailored to different community groups, including asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, people with dementia and the general public. The project gives the participants chance to take part in weekly art and craft sessions. The aim is to give … Continue reading

BCB artist in training programme – world in one city

Week four of ‘World In One City’ was a very relaxed and reflective session. Joanne Ayre invited past participants to join in on the workshop, this seemed to help the new group settle in, with many familiar faces, the session had a real sense of community spirit. Using old magazines, we asked the participants to … Continue reading

bcb artist in training programme – world in one city

Week two and three of the second ‘World In One City’ block were led by artist Steve Dixon. Steve’s work comments on contemporary issues ranging from the Iraq war to colonialism and the banking crisis. With the participants, Steve designed crests based on the heritage, history and their experiences of the group’s new city. During … Continue reading