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06.12.2016

Touring Exhibition Engagement Programme

In October and November 2016 Stoke-on-Trent schools visiting  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery have been inspired by the touring exhibition: European Cultural Lifestyle in Ceramics: from baroque until today. The exhibition is on display at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, from 1 October 2016 until 8 January 2017.

In the workshop, Food on my Plate, pupils worked with an artist from the British Ceramics Biennial and made their own bowls from clay, all about healthy eating. They decorated their bowls using patterns inspired by the exhibition and they printed into the clay with different salad leaves.

In an additional workshop, Clay Canteen, school pupils responded to the exhibition using different clay materials. They explored the different tactile qualities of clay which resulted in an exciting variety of sculptural outcomes.

Activities also took place at the museum for families to enjoy and participate in. During the school holidays they created a plate of their favourite food from clay, taking inspiration from the vessels in the exhibition. Families could also complete a scavenger hunt type trail where they had to find 12 animals in the exhibition.

The museum also engaged a younger audience and created a special session for children under five years and used the exhibition for inspiration. The children searched for the animals and birds on the ceramic pieces. They listened to a story about birds and sang a rhyme about two little birds. Finally, they made a clay bird using feathers for decoration as birds featured on any of the ceramic pieces.