As part of the British Ceramics Biennial, artists Duncan Hooson and Stephanie Buttle have come together to create 22 Hands – an exhibition, performance, workspace and intervention.
Referring to the number of hands that handle a pot during its factory production process, 22 Hands is on display at the World of Wedgwood, home of the world-renowned Wedgwood factory and the award-winning Wedgwood Museum.
The artists have transformed and animated an unused, anonymous courtyard which links the factory to the museum. Introducing physical structures, pools of slip, platforms of moulds, a clay tunnel and soundscapes the space has been brought alive – acting as an immersive theatre of making, as the artists research, rehearse and make visible their creative process and thinking for the public.
For the show, Hooson and Buttle have also collaborated with multimedia artist Tim Gray. He has worked closely with the artists to develop an audio sensory experience that accompanies the project’s inclusive experience.
British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is the UK’s premiere contemporary ceramics festival that takes place in Stoke-on-Trent. BCB presents artworks from the UK’s leading ceramicists alongside international artists, in exhibitions and special events held across the city. BCB is underpinned by an exciting year-round programme of artists’ commissions, education and community engagement projects.
Other exhibitions in the Biennial include Resonating Spaces at Middleport Pottery and Cultural Icons: Remaking a popular potter tradition at Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.