Jan Constantine

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 Jan Constantine is opening her first ever showroom in Stoke-on-Trent, at the Shopping Village at the Trentham Estate this weekend. Jan is a local lady who usually sells items in Fortnum and Mason or John Lewis and has recently received a contract to produce her items as merchandise for the Olympics 2012.

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Top things to do in Stoke-on-Trent for free!

Here are just a few ideas to keep everyone happy through the school holidays that don’t have to cost you lots of money. Enjoy!

  • Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre.
    Staffordshire Hoard
    Staffordshire Hoard

    Discover the world famous Staffordshire Hoard now on permanent display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with enhanced interpretation for 2011. Also at the museum explore the history of the Potteries, including the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire Ceramics.

Family fun at the BCB

Family activities are a key feature of this year’s 2011 British Ceramics Biennial which is on in Stoke-on-Trent until 13 November. All of the events below take place at  the Original Spode factory site, Kingsway/Church St, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1BX

Book a slot – throw a pot
Every Saturday during the Biennial, 2pm – 5pm. FREE. BCB Artists’ Studio Manager, Simon Stamatiou will be on hand to help you have a go on a potters wheel. To book (this can be on the day): Email chloe@britishceramicsbiennial.com Telephone: 01782 377417

Re-Design
Sunday 23 October,12 noon – 2pm. Cost: £15. Work with BCB Studio Manager Simon Stamatiou to design and produce a decorative transfer for your very own BCB mug. Be inspired by traditional Spode designs, re-cycle found patterns and you can even bring along your own photographs or images to be included in your design. Booked through Stoke Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01782 236000.

Up-Cycle Plates
Saturday 22 October 2011, 10am – 5pm and Saturday 5 November 2011, 10am – 5pm. FREE. Drop-in and join FRESH artist Michelle Taylor and the BCB team to up-cycle and re-design your very own Spode inspired plate to add to our “Wall of Plates’ which will be on display throughout the Biennial.
No booking required.

RE-Cycle Ware
(Suitable for all ages)
Saturday 22 October 2011, 10am – 5pm, FREE. Drop-in and join FRESH artist Angie Thirkell and the BCB team to help create a range of Spode inspired, up-cycled tableware. Using a range of second hand tableware you can let your imagination go wild. No booking required

RE-Mould
Saturday 29 October, 10am – 12pm. Cost: £15.  Inspired by the mould store at the original Spode factory site you will be able to use a variety of moulds to cast and then alter pieces of tableware to create your very own up-cycled ware. What you make is only limited by your imagination.
Booked through Stoke Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01782 236000

For full details of the Biennial, visit www.britishceramicsbiennial.com; and for travel information, visit www.visitstoke.co.uk.

Boo!

This year’s Halloween Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort starts this Friday until 31 October and it promises to be their scariest ever!

Rides will stay open until 9pm and as well as Halloween themed short breaks there are plenty of the activities taking place that should spook the whole family from the Carnival of Screams to Trick or Treat Doors.

10 reasons for visit the British Ceramics Biennial

  1. Enjoy afternoon tea at the Factory Refectory. No ordinary tearoom!  It is run by tea experts dedicated to bringing you the best cuppa alongside tempting homemade cakes, sandwiches, pies and soups.  
  2. Get some hints and tips from celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE. There are still tickets left for this special event on 23 October 2011.
  3. Buy your Christmas presents early. A special selling weekend has been scheduled for November 12/13, the final weekend of the BCB. 
  4. “Have-a-go” yourself at creating your own ceramic art by going along to one of the BCB workshops.
  5. The Great Wall….of Stoke-on-Trent! See the best of British industry on display.
  6. Visit the “Award” exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, to view the work of 24 artists and designers who have been specially selected.
  7. Explore the original Spode factory site.
  8. Invest in a ceramics star of the future at the “FRESH” exhibition on at the original Spode factory site. Can you spot the next Tracey Emin or Damian Hirst?
  9. See one of the premier art installations in the West Midlands this year. “Mould Store”, by the internationally acclaimed and world-renowned ceramics artist Philip Eglin
  10. Enjoy one of the associated events taking place across Stoke-on-Trent.