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KEY TO SUCCESS Artist Residency @ British Ceramics Biennial


Commissioned Artists/s:  Sun Ae Kim (ceramic artist) David Booth (sculptor) and Holly Corfield Carr (writer)
Inspired by: Factory Night @ the Historic Wedgwood Institute, Burslem

Sun Ae Kim, Holly Corfield Carr and David Booth are once again taking up residence in Stoke-on-Trent this July.
Time to get things all stoked up.
Find us in the foyer at the Burslem School of Art, as we work with traditional flowermaking, as we slipcast poetry, as we glost fire a story told many times over, as we prepare a range of tableware in less than the recommended time, as we glaze over.
All events are F R E E
W O R K S H O P S : Mondays, 16th & 23rd July
Creative Writing: 11am-1pm
We will look at new ways to get your writing off the ground and onto the page. And then we might even take it off the page and put it in the kiln. Come along and you will be invited to read at our evening event at the Original Spode Factory on the 26th July (6-8pm).
Flowermaking: 2pm-4pm
A combination of traditional and experimental ways to make the decorative bone china flowers that grew out of Stoke’s ceramic industry. You will take your flowers home with you, and some of them may even be edible!


P O T T E R Y / P O E T R Y: Thursday 26th July
An interactive evening at the ORIGINAL SPODE FACTORY SITE in Stoke where we will be presenting the results of our experiments and all the work developed as part of our workshops.


A L L – D A Y D I N N E R P A R T Y : Friday 27th July
11am – 5pm
We will be hosting an all-day dinner party in the foyer of the Burslem School of Art, displaying our limited* range of tableware and talking about the future development of this project.

*We are restricting our production time to two weeks, so this truly is a limited edition. We’ll see what happens when we work around and beyond these limits. The original Spode Factory finally closed its doors in 2008, ending the site’s 249-year association with one of the foremost names in fine ceramics and industry in the Potteries.


Spode was bought by the Portmeirion Group in 2009, who continue to operate only a few hundred metres away from the original Spode site.  The Spode Factory, however, remains empty, available for alternative use as an exhibition and museum space.  In 2011, the British Ceramics Biennial took place under the vast and undulating ceiling of the Spode China Hall, providing a historically-appropriate context to the vital dialogue between the work of emerging ceramic artists and local Stoke industry exhibited in the space.

Outside of the China Hall, the original Spode Factory consists of a 10-acre sprawl of industrial heritage and reminders of the recession’s legacy: 18th-century mould stores, kiln rooms, design departments, exhibition halls, decal presses and administration offices, all with their calendars and clocks synched permanently to 2007.

In November 2011, three artists were invited to spend a week at the original Spode Factory, responding to the site with reference to a recent Rednile Factory Night at the Historic Wedgwood Institute in nearby Burslem, a nearly lost and listed building associated with another prestigious name in the ceramics industry affected by the economic downturn.

The artists were Sun Ae Kim, a ceramic artist, David Booth, sculptor and Holly Corfield Carr, writer.  They worked together to weave narrative, site-specific sculptural response and traditional ceramic techniques into ad hoc interventions around the Spode site in the final week of the British Ceramics Biennial Festival.  Their work positioned itself as provocative and historically-mindful marginalia at the exhibition, featuring contemporary ceramic art and industry expositions, gaining the attention of many visitors and asking them to think more about the redundancy of remnants in the factory, beyond the exhibition space.

For more information on the residency see: https://hollycorfieldcarr.wordpress.com

David Booth, sculptor, www.davidbooth.uk.com
Sun Ae Kim, ceramic artist, www.sunaekim.com