There is a long history of bone china flower making in Stoke. Clusters of the glazed flowers made up as ‘florals’ were once extremely popular, with the industry employing several hundred flower makers across the city. The flower making industry has now all but disappeared. There are however many skilled flower makers still living and working within the Potteries.
Over the last five years the BCB has been successfully working with flower makers and artists, revitalizing flower making, repurposing their use as beautiful and symbolic objects in their own right and as components for compelling sculptural and art installations.
BCB continues to work towards its ambition of repurposing traditional local skills and helping to rebuild a small part of the ceramics industry that was almost lost – bone china flower-making. This year flowers feature in one of our commissions – Resonate and also through our work to bring back flowers into the health environment.
BCB is currently looking to build a 'flower army' of skilled and amateur flower makers to help maker flowers for the installation Resonate.
If you have taken part in one of BCB's flower workshops, are a professional ceramic industry flower maker or perhaps a skilled cake decorator, join the BCB flower army.
We will be meeting at Spode on Fri 14 August, 10:00am - 12:00pm to make flowers in the BCB Studio, and on other dates throughout August and September.
If you're interested in taking part please email firstname.lastname@example.org