TURNOVER TALES: AN ACT OF BELONGING - Creative conversations & DIY activities in the Cafe. Rebecca Leach from Keele University, along with Ceramic City Stories, has been collecting ‘turnover tales’ to find out about the local cultural tradition of turning over cups, plates & vases to 'read' backstamps (maker's marks). We invite you to drop in to our special event to turn over some ware, look at backstamps and patterns, share your stories, and be creative. This is a partnership event with Rebecca Leach, Keele University. It is also part of Live Age Festival: A Celebration of Creativity in Later Life Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire (www.liveagefestival.co.uk). Emma Bridgewater Factory, Lichfield Street, Hanley.
SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER (10:00AM - 12:30PM)
SPODE WORKS, STOKE
SPODE: ON THE EDGE - Perimeter walk, talk & exploration of some of the boundary areas adjacent to this historic site. There are many exciting developments happening within Spode Works but this creative journey aims to uncover & find out a bit more about what's happening 'under the radar' in the adjacent areas & neighbourhoods that border the historic site? Discover: glimpse views of 'lost' bottle kilns, an inconvenient convenience, hidden gem tiles & mosaics, traditional dust press tile production, music memorabilia & much more... not to mention all our own shared stories! Meet at the Spode Works security lodge: Elenora Street, Stoke.
SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER (11:00AM - 2:00PM)
THE WEDGWOOD INSTITUTE, BURSLEM
BUILDING STORIES: FACADE - Help to undertake a DIY examination & chat about this magnificent frontage. We will use unusual & fun techniques to help you get 'up close & personal' with the exquisite tiles & architectural ceramics that grace this Potteries' palace! This is a partnership event with Princes Regeneration Trust & UKHBPT. We are also very proud to be hosting Writer-in-Residence June Palmer. She was one of six winning writers who had work selected for the national WriteScience award. Staffordshire based June will be reading her winning poem 'Listening to Jupiter' at 12noon followed be an informal interview & Q&A session with Danny Callaghan. We are also pleased to announce that tile historian Alan Swale (Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society) and artist Ronnie Cruwys (Drawing the Street) will also be joining us. The Wedgwood Institute, Queen Street, Burslem.
Fun Palaces is a national initiative that aims to promote art & science in creative and unusual ways. It's about everybody joining in and having fun.