Picture perfect pottery

A six-week celebration of clay has opened its doors to visitors as the UK’s largest contemporary ceramics event returns to Stoke-on-Trent.

The 2023 British Ceramics Biennial promises to be one of this year’s top visual arts events in the UK, outside of London.

From spotlighting leading ceramicists to introducing work by international artists and fresh new talent, the biennial is a celebration of the creative potential of clay for storytelling, playfulness, risk-taking and activism.

Staged every two years, the free-entry event will take place throughout Stoke-on-Trent, a world capital of ceramics, from 23 September to 5 November 2023.

All Saints Church in Hanley, regarded as the ‘potters’ church’, is the new Biennial hub for 2023 and will host the flagship exhibitions Award, while elsewhere there will be a range of events and displays, including major solo exhibitions at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, AirSpace Gallery and The Brampton Museum in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Discover the full programme of events here, but for a sneak peak of some of the visual treats in store for visitors this autumn to the spiritual home of British pottery, check out this photo gallery of images from the new Biennial hub.

For more details, see our news story, Potter down to Stoke-on-Trent for a world class ceramics celebration.

Photos: Ian Weightman