KHiB in collaboration with British Ceramic Biennial 2013
KHiB staff Anne Helen Mydland, Øyvind Suul, Richard Launder and Neil Brownsword have recently initiated talks with the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) for a collaborative project at the former historic Spode site in Stoke-on-Trent.
- KHiB is in the process of negotiating a series of staff and student projects with the BCB, says Niel Brownsword. He is Adjunct Professor at Ceramics and Clay at KHiB.
- The projects will explore the former Spode Factory's site history and industrial infrastructure. The collaboration should provide a unique opportunity to showcase the broad range of artistic practice and research undertaken at KHiB on an international platform.
Picture (left): Oyvind Suul, Neil Brownsword, Anne Helen Mydland and Richard Launder. Photo: Peter Klasson
The British Ceramics Biennial temporarily occupy part of the ten acre site and are keen to resurrect its creative potential through international partnerships for its 2013 festival programme.
For over 230 years the Spode factory was a keystone of the UK's industrial heritage, with contributions to ceramic history that include the development of fine bone china and the perfecting of under-glaze blue transfer printing. Sadly in 2008 its Church Street factory closed, leaving a large majority of its production fabric and materials left intact.
The image (top of page) is from the former Spode factory in 2011.
Mydland, Suul, Launder and Brownsword are colleauges at KHiB and work with ceramics and clay.