• ‘Shinkasuru’, Alice Thatcher 2012 ©

    I am an artist based in Stoke-on-Trent who works predominantly with clay. My most recent work derives its inspiration from my twin interests in origami and paper-craft. My porcelain paper clay work reflects, in a contemporary style, ideas of fragility and material transformation through the human hand. Since graduating from the University of Sunderland in 2012, I have been working for the British Ceramics Biennial and other local arts organisations leading workshops and assisting artists with various community based projects in the local area. The work I have been involved in has been key in my practice as it has given me inspiration and confidence to continue with the work I do. Community engagement has been my focus as I believe this is key in helping Stoke-on-Trent grow as creative and cultural city. I believe 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.

bcb artist in training programme – world in one city

On Monday we welcomed a new group to the BCB studio and Spodeworks ready for our second block of ‘World In One City’ sessions. We began the session with conversations about food and feasting. We then looked at examples of crests, discussing symbolic images and the culture behind these. Each participant designed their own symbols … Continue reading

‘reflection’ on world in one city – artist in 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 … Continue reading

bcb artist in training programme – world in one city

Friday 7th April was our final session with the Burslem Jubilee group as part of World In One City with the British Ceramics Biennial. We had a lovely, relaxing session creating a tile table runner with decal transfers. This was a collaborative, team effort. The group worked together in such a concerted way, swapping places, making … Continue reading

bcb artist in training programme – world in one city

World In One City enters it’s sixth, penultimate week. It has been such a fantastic project to be involved in, and I am amazed by the wonderful work which has been produced. The group have shown some great skills, and their creativity, confidence knowledge of the city has grown throughout. One thing that has shown this … Continue reading

‘this way up’ at perton library

‘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

Yesterday’s World In One City session at the British Ceramics Biennial was a pretty special one. Not only did we create spoons, dishes and collage with Jo Ayre, we also had a visit from BBC Radio Stoke. The participants from the Burslem Jubilee had the chance to talk to presenter John Acres about their experiences … Continue reading

BCB artist in training programme – world in one city

Monday morning’s spoon making session with Jo Ayre at the BCB studio was fantastic. The group created some wonderful pieces in response to our discussion on feasting. We spoke about the food we would use our spoons for; rice, dulma, tabbouleh and stew, being the favourites, then we began planning our picnic. This will be an … Continue reading

BCB artist in training programme – world in one city

‘World In One City’ enters it’s third week at the British Ceramics Biennial studio. For most of the session we designed, reflected and created. Joanne Ayre began by explaining various types of clay and where they came from, then the group created their very own tea-strainers using these clays. The participants used their sketchbooks to reflect … Continue reading

BCB artist in training programme – world in one city

Yesterday was our second week with the Burslem Jubilee group for ‘World In One City’. I am working on this project as part of my ‘Artist In Training Programme’ with The British Ceramics Biennial and Arts Connect. The workshops are led by Joanne Ayre at the BCB studio. The day began with a discussion on … Continue reading

acava studios

In collaboration with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Arts Council England, part of Spode factory has been converted into 43 artist studios. Together with other developments on the site, this is part of an ambitious plan to develop a hub of creativity which will revitalise Stoke town. My lovely friend Rebecca Davies has been kind enough to share her studio … Continue reading