Spode -China Hall

Neil Brownsword examines inter-relationships between the past and present, through ‘reclaiming’ the former Spode Factory as a site of ceramic production. In his performative installation FACTORY, recently exhibited at the Korea Ceramics Foundation, Brownsword ‘re-orchestrates’ the specialist knowledge of former ceramic industry artisans, to highlight marginalised practices now in danger of being lost. South Korea’s safeguarding of intangible heritage, associated with its own ceramic history has ensured that associated skills are maintained for future generations. Brownsword presents insights into tacit knowledge from factory production in North Staffordshire, that is worthy of comparable status and preservation