• ‘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

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

BCB artist in training programme – world in one city

The ‘Artist In Training Programme’ with The British Ceramics Biennial and Arts Connect begins. The programme will run up to the BCB festival and will facilitate artist Tasmin Williams and myself to work alongside local communities and in educational settings. This will be alongside producing our own work in the BCB studio. Our first two meetings … Continue reading

‘this way up’ professional development programme

‘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 … Continue reading

food on my plate

Over the past 2 years I have assisted and led workshops for The British Ceramics Biennial. This has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my participatory arts and educational practice. Assisting artist Joanne Ayre has given me the confidence and experience to develop my own content and learn new skills. The ‘Food on my Plate’ … Continue reading

lost gardens

Jo Ayre, The Clay Comrades and I took part in something incredible in September! Our clay garden, which was a part of ‘The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent’ was a true team effort. The components were created in the months running up to the event, with friends, fellow artists, family and the public helping to build our crazy … Continue reading

portland inn project

During summer 2016, Anna Francis, Rebecca Davies, Jo Ayre and I began our ‘Tile Evaluation’ at the Portland Inn. Throughout the 4 week programme, we posed questions to  the community to find out what people want to see in the abandoned pub’s future and also gathered people’s opinions and thoughts. The sessions generated conversation and … Continue reading