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Congress “CERAMIC VALUES: Can Ceramics make a difference?”

The Ceramic Values Congress will take place on 5-6 October 2017 at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent, UK. Registration is now open:


We are pleased to extend the CfP deadline for the congress "CERAMIC VALUES" until 30 March 2017. This is due to an increased interest and several enquiries at the time close to the first deadline. We received a large number of high quality proposals until now and we are looking forward for more!


The Congress “CERAMIC VALUES: Can Ceramics make a difference?” aims to open the debate about the value and roles of ceramics in society. It will examine the relationship between historic centres of manufacture and contemporary centres of learning, production and consumption. The Congress, led by Ulster University, will cite models of research development and innovation that both challenge and sustain the debate about the role of Ceramics within the broader societal dimensions across Europe and internationally. The Congress will present the full range of in depth findings of the 10 module teams within Ceramics and its Dimensions since 2015. Representatives from all 19 of the Ceramics and its Dimensions partners will be present and contribute to Congress proceedings. Congress delegates, ceramic sector professionals, students, and the general public will be invited to attend. The Congress will take place on the occasion of the 5th British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent.

Speakers already confirmed include Neil Brownsword (UK) who is currently examining skill transference between tradition and the contemporary practice in Korea, Keith Harrison (UK) interactive/performative ceramics in the public realm, Jay Thakkar (India) (tbc), Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, and Head of Research at Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre at CEPT University, Ahmedabad who is exploring clay as a medium of international exchange.

For more information contact Ulster University Module team:  

Call for Papers

From 5 to 6 October 2017, the Congress “CERAMIC VALUES: Can Ceramics make a difference?” will take place in the City of Stoke-on-Trent including The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and the Spode Works.

Ulster University Module team invites papers and proposals for lecture and event based presentations under the following headings to be delivered during the Congress across a number of venues. The Congress presentations should respond to one of the general themes:

Skills: In an age of rapid developments in technologies, what role and significance have skills and tradition?

Value: What do we deem to be important now in Ceramics? What contribution can ceramics really make to the broader society?

Place: As our traditional centres of Ceramics across Europe evolve what significance has place in Ceramics today? Can Ceramics make a difference to the idea of Place?

Format for a reaction to these themes can be a lecture, a performance or exhibition based responses. The Ceramics and its Dimensions Module 10 Congress is timed to occur during the programmed events of the British Ceramics Biennial in October 2017 to create an invigorating and challenging visual experience for all those involved, interested or curious about Ceramics.

Make a submission

The congress presentations should respond to one of the three above described themes:


The congress presentations selection panel welcomes proposals under the three themes that are lecture, performance or event based to create a diverse and exciting range of responses. We welcome you to prepare an abstract for your submission (max. 300 words). Additionally you can upload one further file containing a more detailed description, pictures, sktches or drafts.

Feel free to hand in your submission until 31 January 2017 and share our call to your peers. To submit your abstract and file please use this link: EasyChair - CERVA17