World Of Wedgwood

Address: Wedgwood Drive, Barlaston, Stoke-On-Trent, ST12 9ER

Phone: 01782 282986


Opening Times: Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm 

FREE entry to the World of Wedgwood Museum during the BCB festival 23 September - 5 November  


Clay Play




10am-12pm and 1-3pm each day 

Sunday 1st October 

Sunday 15th October 

Tuesday 24th October (half term)


Join ceramic artist Alice Thatcher to play with clay in this relaxed and open-ended workshop. Expect large clay pits, giant tools and more of the muddy stuff than you’ve ever seen!

The artist will encourage families to explore clay in new ways, in this unique opportunity to play with the muddy stuff. 


Evanescent Landscape: Terraced Houses

By the mid 18th century, as archaeological discoveries were being excavated at the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, Classical influence began to be absorbed into many aspects of design and architecture. Many manufacturers including Josiah Wedgwood satisfied the demand for these fashions, that were often influenced by romantic representations of the ruin and picturesque decay as a result of the Grand Tour.


Throughout history ceramics have played an important role in the phenomenon of cultural transfer. For centuries China, Korea and Japan have influenced each other’s aesthetics, practices and technologies. Subsequent trade with the West, and the imitation and assimilation of Oriental styles in the late 17th and 18th centuries greatly influenced the development of new ceramic traditions in Europe.

Place and Practices

Place and Practices is a site orientated project where artists Neil Brownsword (UK) and Juree Kim (KR) present a cross-cultural response to themes of materiality, place and tradition. Both artists further their ongoing investigations into architectural heritage and the social and political histories of place and labour. The outcomes of this research constitute a major installation at the former Spode Factory, together with this intervention which draws upon themes and objects within the Wedgwood Museum’s historic collection

What Can Ceramics Do?

Every year, second year BA Ceramic Design students at Central Saint Martins engage in ‘The Client Project’ which sees five businesses or organisations working with small groups of students who act as a design consultancy. 

Usually there is quite a specific design brief from commercial enterprises or organisations but 2017 was a little different. Students were asked to explore the power of the ceramic material and its possibilities for social impact by working with five Charities or social enterprises: