In Stoke the other weekend we were lucky enough to catch the beginning of the inaugural British Ceramics Biennial – running until 13 December. We headed over to the Emma Bridgewater factory and saw Fresh – work by new makers and designers – and an exhibition of Jaime Hayon Ceramics.
Fresh had a couple of standouts for me. Hitomi Hosano’s beautiful boxes – one magical with reliefs of horses inside, another with stunning intricate embellishment on the outside – and Emily Jenkins’ shiny compositions – traditional ceramic themes clustered into something modern and exciting.
In the same refurbished factory space we saw Jaime Hayon. A tour de force of stunning original ceramics and glassware. Between perching china clowns and remixed Lladro figurines, there are sleek mushroom lamps for Metalarte and half classic, half space-age crystal masterpieces for Baccarat. Every piece is a joy to look at.
At the Potteries Art Gallery is the Awards show that takes in everything from pieces inspired by urban waste through to a dresser full of crockery commenting on the collapse of the ceramics industry in Stoke. Overall it’s a beautiful biennial. Chef’s Kiss!