The Great Wall of China: Potteries style
Just started in Stoke-on-Trent, is a six week celebration of ceramics. Well what else would it celebrate, apart from its premier division football team of course!
Families are being targeted by the city to visit the British Ceramics Biennial (www.britishceramicsbiennial.com) over this period and one place a family might start, is at the Great Wall of China. Not that one of course, but the 30 metre long wall that will portray the best of ceramics from Britain. It isn’t just from the home nations that visitors might come. Last year, there was a very successful display of modern British ceramics held at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina which, unfortunately, didn’t make it to the UK. The industry is so well respected abroad, so don’t be surprised at overhearing lots of foreign accents.
One of the most famous names, Spode, is at its original site and there will be a number of exhibitions celebrating that fact including the re-use of old moulds by Philip Eglin and work by new talents.
As usual, there will be Award, an exhibition of current work incorporating the way that modern ceramicists are developing their ideas. This can be the most exciting part of the exhibition and there will be lots of international interest to see what’s anew.
Finally on the last weekend (November 12/13) there will be a final sell-off of what’s been exhibited and not yet sold. That’s the time for a potential bargain and to see if you can pick a work by the next Grayson Perry!