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

appetite workshops

My ‘Play with Clay’ and ‘Origami’ workshops in summer 2015 with Appetite Stoke were a fantastic opportunity to lead drop-in art sessions with the general public. The workshops were really popular and the results were lovely!

community maker

During summer 2015, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work alongside artist Anna Francis in her ‘Community Maker’ project. We created ceramic pieces with the Portland street community to plan the changing community. Throughout the workshops, we saw community spirit and confidence grow. This was an amazingly inspiring project to be a … Continue reading