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

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

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