IWD 2019 Bound by Clay
This event took place on the evening of 8th March at the auspicious location of the Spodeworks in Stoke. This was our fastest selling event ever, tickets sold out in less than 2 weeks. Which shows how passionate people are about Stoke’s ceramics’ heritage and also the popularity of the programme we had put together. Our guest speaker was Kate Malone, studio potter, and judge on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throwdown. She was supported by an internationally renowned group, representing industry, education, and practice. Laura Cohen, CEO at the British Ceramics Confederation, Professor Neil Brownsword the new Professor of Ceramics at Staffordshire University and Kevin Millward Course Director at Clay College in Stoke. Biographies for all our speakers can be found on our Bound by Clay Page.
Attendees had an opportunity to mix with ceramics enthusiasts before the event started and to see the excellent craft presented by a range of local artisans. Rita Floyd, a flower making expert, a skill that is now very rare, provided a captivating demonstration of this craft. Newcastle College students had also produced individually designed small pots to celebrate 100 years of international suffrage, all of which were on show.
The event was also supported by local industry, Moorcroft who provided our vase for our raffle and Edward and Lockett who produced our commemorative dishes for the audience. Kate Malone also donated a Heart Fruit of Your Dreams ring dish to the raffle which was a wonderful surprise to us.
The event began with a sneak preview of our commissioned film Bound by Clay, produced by Inspired Film and funded by the Heritage Lottery. Women that have appeared with the film were our guests for the evening. The film was excitedly and positively received by our guests and the audience.
The feedback for the evening has been incredible, and we are looking forward to the premiere of Bound by Clay hopefully at Stoke’s Film Theatre possibly in May or June.