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Celebrating Women in Ceramics Past & Present


This is both the title of our celebration for International Women's Day 2019 and the film we are producing with the aid of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, celebrating women in ceramics past and present.

For the tickets for the event at Spode on the evening on 8th March visit our Eventbrite page

Bound by Clay IWD2019 Event Presenters

If you Google Kate Malone and Neil Brownsword you will also see examples of their work 


Kate Malone British Studio Potter

British studio potter, ceramic artist and judge, along with Keith Brymer Jones, on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Malone is known for her large sculptural vessels and rich, bright glazes. She studied at Bristol Polytechnic (1979–82) and, after leaving the Royal College of Art in 1986, began working in a studio in the South Bank Craft Centre at Charing Cross. Malone's work is held in the British Council collection.

Her work is on display in a number of public locations, a giant ceramic fish in the water at Hackney Marshes and a large pot at Manchester Art Gallery. Malone's work is also held in numerous public collections, including the Arts Council, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, Crafts Council, The Ashmolean Museum, Musée national de céramique de Sèvres, Victoria & Albert Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Neil Brownsword Staffordshire University

Creates installations using ceramics, film and performance. His work takes the ceramics industry of his native Staffordshire as its primary subject, observing its people and production systems. He has sought to challenge the marginalisation of craft skill in industrial contexts, and to highlight the danger of specialist knowledge being lost. Recent work has been made in collaboration with former industry artisans, revealing their people-embodied skills and exploring the value of the industry's intangible cultural heritage. Brownsword was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2015 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea. Crafts Council 

Dr Laura Cohen CEng FIMMM is Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation, the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry.

After a degree and PhD in Materials Science at Cambridge University, Laura worked in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry for 20 years in a variety of technical, manufacturing  and regulatory roles.She has been Chief Executive of BCC since 2009. She is a member of the CBI Trade Association Council and a life member of the Council of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce. Laura is a member of Cerame-Unie (European Trade Association) Directors’ committee and Chair of their Environment committee. She chaired the group developing Cerame-Unie’s ‘Ceramic Industry Roadmap to 2050’.  She has also Chaired the Energy Intensive Users’ Group. Laura founded and chairs the Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance, a group of 8 manufacturing associations, 3 trade unions and the TUC, working collectively to develop the UK’s policy in this area in a way that supports UK manufacturers. Laura was awarded an MBE in June 2015 in recognition of services to the ceramic industry.