Can Ceramics make a difference? (5-6 October 2017) is the culmination of Ceramics and its Dimensions, an initiative involving 19 European partners. The Congress, led by Ulster University, aims to add to the debate about the value and role of ceramics in society and will present the full range of in-depth findings of the project’s 10 module teams since 2015.
It will examine the relationship between historic centres of manufacture and contemporary centres of learning, production and consumption. Representatives from all of the Ceramics and its Dimensions partners will be present and contribute to Congress proceedings. The Congress will take place on the occasion of the 5th British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent and sessions will be held at both the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the BCB’s former Spode site. The Congress is free and open to all. We look forward to welcoming you to Stoke on Trent. You can choose to register for the whole Congress or select particular days.
Call for papers
Ulster University module team invited papers and proposals for lecture and event based presentations under the following headings to be delivered during the Congress across a number of venues. It was intended that the Congress presentations should respond to one of the general themes:
Skills: In an age of rapid developments in technologies, what role and significance have skills and tradition?
Value: What do we deem to be important now in Ceramics? What contribution can ceramics really make to the broader society?
Place: As our traditional centres of ceramics across Europe evolve, what significance has place in ceramics today? Can ceramics make a difference to the idea of place?
Format for a reaction to these themes could be a lecture, a performance or an exhibition. The Ceramics and its Dimensions Module 10 Congress is timed to occur during the programmed events of the British Ceramics Biennial in October 2017 to create an invigorating and challenging visual experience for all those involved or curious about ceramics.
The Congress submissions have been reviewed by the following partners:
- Aalto University, Finland
- British Ceramics Biennial, UK
- Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Germany
- Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, UK
- Staffordshire University, UK
- Ulster University, UK
Directions to each site can be found on the following links:
Register for Ceramic Values via Get Invited
Confirmed sessions focus on the following topics: Ceramics and Education; Place, Embodiment and Material Engagement; Analogue and Digital craft; Professionalism: Building a Career in Ceramics; Ceramics, Tradition and Heritage; Ceramics, Wellbeing and Museum Engagement; and Ceramics and Museum Collections. Sessions at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery will be complemented by a parallel programme of gallery talks, exhibits and workshops at the BCB’s Spode site.
Keynote speakers include Claudia Casali, Director of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, ceramic artists Neil Brownsword and Keith Harrison, Franz Chen, founder and CEO of Franz Porcelain and Jay Thakkar, Head of the Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
Capacity: Lecture Theatre - 300, Learning Suite - 50, Board Room - 40
PMAG – Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
BCB – British Ceramics Biennial Spode Factory site
Thursday 5 October
Time Venue Activity 9am PMAG Congress registration opens at Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
9.30am Lecture Theatre Welcome to Congress
Mr Wilhelm Siemen and representatives from PMAG/BCB/Ulster/Stoke City Council
10am - 12pm Lecture Theatre
Keynote 1 – Can ceramics make a difference? Chair: TBC
Claudia Casali, International Museum of Ceramics, FaenzaWhen ceramics make a difference
Neil Brownsword, Bucks New University and University of BergenNeil Brownsword Factory
Désirée Neeb, Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
Prop Ceramics and their Relevance in movies and commercials
This interactive touchscreen will be available throughout the Congress
12pm - 1pm PMAG Lunch 1pm - 3pm Lecture Theatre
Session 1: Ceramics and its Dimensions Module
Round Table Discussion
Chair: Wilhelm Siemen, Porzellanikon - Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
Each CAID Module will report back on their activities.
3pm - 3.30pm PMAG Tea/coffee 3.30pm - 5.30pm Lecture Theatre
Session 2 – Ceramics and education
Chair: Maarit Mäkelä, Aalto University
Barbara Schmidt, Art Academy Berlin Weißensee
Detours to Ceramic Futures - Experimental approaches to ceramic materials from a product design view
Ayşe Güler, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Şirin Koçak Özeskici, Usak University
Educational Values in the Ceramic Arts and Literacy for Life
David Sanderson, Staffordshire University
Teaching principles and methodologies
Emma Lacey, Central Saint Martins
What Can Ceramics Do?
3.30pm - 5.30pm Learning Suite
Session 3 – Ceramics, tradition and heritage
Chair: Martin Brown, Staffordshire University
Biljana Djordjević, National Museum in Belgrade
Pottery Technology – The Value of Intangible Cultural Heritage
Valentin Petjko, Daugavpils Clay Art Centre
Significance of Place in Ceramics: Latvian experience
Mateja Kos and Rudolf Saša, National Museum of Slovenia
Ceramics and Tradition
Anna Francis, Staffordshire University
Community Maker and the Portland Inn Project
3.30pm - 5.30pm Board Room
Session 4 – Analogue and digital craft
Chair: Dan Lewis, Staffordshire University
Tavs Jorgensen, University of West England
Jugstrusions: Technological (in) determinism and the value of material knowledge
Babette Wiezorek, Art Academy Berlin Weißensee
Technology, Material and the Emergence of Form
Yihui Wang, National Taipei University of Technology
The Development of Contemporary Taiwanese Ceramic Ware: Craft, Design and Industry
6pm - 8pm BCB AWARD Exhibition Event at BCB Spode site
Friday 6 October
Time Venue Activity 9am - 9.30am PMAG Congress registration opens at Potteries Museum and Art Gallery 9.30am - 10.50am Lecture Theatre
Keynote 2 – Can Ceramics make a difference?
Keith Harrison, Bath Spa University
Interactive & performative ceramics in the public realm
Franz Chen, Franz Collection Inc
Modern China: building a career in ceramics
10.50am Short break 11am - 12pm Lecture Theatre
Keynote 3 – Can ceramics make a difference?
Jay Thakkar, CEPT University
A synergistic creative approach in warli craft practices through the Heart:Beat project
Laura Breen, Independent researcher
12pm - 1pm PAMG Lunch 1pm - 3pm Lecture Theatre
Session 5 – Ceramics, place and materiality
Chair: Barbara Schmidt, Art Academy Berlin Weißensee
Maarit Mäkelä, Aalto University
In dialogue with the earth: creativity, materiality and place
Natasha Mayo, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Tuuli Saarelainen, Saija Halko and Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Aalto University
Spirit of the place
Mandy Parslow, Limerick School of Art and Design
A sense of place: the expressive vessel in contemporary ceramic practice
1pm - 3pm Learning Suite
Session 6 – Ceramics, wellbeing and museum engagement
Chair: Laura Breen, Independent researcher
Fiona Green, York Museums Trust
How public ceramic collections can be used for the education, enjoyment and wellbeing of the 21st century visitor and why using ceramics in this way contributes to a happier, healthier society
Ann Van Hoey, Independent artist
Changing social dynamics with ceramics
Rachel Conroy, Leeds Museums and Galleries
Emotional responses to ceramics in a museum environment: 'Fragile?' and 'Quietus'
Bret Shah, Independent artist
1pm - 3pm Board Room
Session 7 – Ceramic collections and object biographies
Biljana Crvenković, Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
Porcelain as Heritage: The Belgrade Buffon service
Ian Jackson, Staffordshire University
A tale of the old pioneer: evidence of Josiah Wedgwood’s Entrepreneurial Spirit and Commercial Exploitation from the Wedgwood Collection
Ulrika Schaeder and Marika Bogren, Nationalmuseum, Sweden
Anchoring a Ceramic Treasure
Sue Blatherwick, Independent researcher
The materiality and narratives within a bread crock
3pm - 3.30pm PMAG Tea/coffee 3.30pm - 4.30pm Lecture Theatre
Session 8 – Professionalism: Building a career in Ceramics
Chair: Franz Chen
Sabrina Vasulka, Rhiannon Ewing-James, Wendy Ward, Karolina Bednorz, Monika Müller and Maria Juchnowska, former FUTURE LIGHTS contestants
4.30pm - 5.30pm Lecture Theatre
Session 9 – Plenary
Chair: Wilhelm Siemen
Thursday 5 October BCB Parallel Sessions - shuttle bus from PMAG
Time Venue Activity 3.30pm - 5.30pm BCB
BCB Session 1 – Exploring place through clay
Ian McIntyre, Independent artist
Brown Betty: The archetypal teapot (gallery talk, 20 mins)
Peter Jones, Independent artist
Contained Process (gallery talk, 20 mins)
Dena Bagi, BCB
Priska Falin, Aalto University
Material Place: how do the qualities of clay help (individuals/groups) explore (their) place?
(workshop, 60 mins)
Jo Ayre, BCB
Can Ceramics make a difference to the idea of Place?
(workshop, 60 mins)
Cj O’Neill,Manchester Metropolitan University
The Reader (interactive artwork)
Friday 6 October BCB Parallel Sessions - shuttle bus from and to PMAG
Time Venue Activity 2pm - 4pm BCB
BCC Session 2 – Shaping the Future
Nathalie Lautenbacher, Aalto University
Thoughts on The Tabletop – Food Related Design (gallery talk, 20 mins)
Anna van der Lei and Kristos Mavrostomos, CHIL-DISH / Studio Hän
CHIL-DISH project (gallery talk, 20 mins)
Alison Howell, Burgess and Leigh Ltd
(Burleigh x CFPR) + KTP: How an academic-industry partnership can work to both innovate and preserve traditional ceramic processes (gallery talk, 20 mins)
4pm PMAG Return to PMAG for Plenary
Travel and Accommodation
Stoke-on-Trent is a major intercity rail route, directly linked to Manchester (35 minutes), Birmingham (45 minutes) and London (90 minutes). Virgin Trains and Cross Country operate high-speed trains. Northern Rail and London Midland provide local and regional services. For information on tickets and timetables visit National Rail. Stoke-on-Trent station is a 5-minute walk from the original Spode site in Stoke-on-Trent Town Centre and a 30-minute walk from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the City Centre (Hanley).
The M6 motorway connects into the city through major dual carriageways. Visit AA Route Planner, to find how to get to the Congress from where you are.
For The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery follow signs for City Centre or Cultural Quarter from the A500.
The original Spode Works Visitor Centre is signposted from the A500. These signs will take you to the Elenora Street side of the site. The main entrance for BCB is via Kingsway, which has a large public car park. The satnav postcode for this car park is ST4 1JB.
First bus services 23/ 23a /3 are ideal to travel to and from the original Spode site, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery.
The route is: Stoke, Glebe Street – Stoke, Rail Station– City Centre Bus Station (Hanley). The service operates every 10 minutes and takes 10 minutes from Stoke to the City Centre (Hanley).
Over 100 airlines fly into regional airports within a one-hour transfer. For more information about flights and transfer rail links to Stoke-on-Trent, visit Manchester International Airport, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport.
The closest car park for the original Spode site is on Kingsway. This pay and display car park is just across the road from the BCB entrance to the original Spode site. The postcode for Kingsway is ST4 1JB.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has limited disabled parking onsite, however there are several car parks within a short walking distance of the museum and parking meters on Bethesda Street, Warner Street and at the nearby Tesco Extra, which is free for 2-hours. Please see parking locations and charges for the City Centre.
More information about Stoke and Trent, including accommodation, can be found on the Visit Stoke website here.