Keith Brymer Jones Echoes of Spode - Absent Tribe



Spode Works
Elenora St, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ

A share of the proceeds will go to
The Donna Louise Trust, a local hospice care for children and young people

Large Hand-crafted Beaker


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Small Hand-crafted Beaker


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Keith Brymer Jones at Spode
British Ceramics Biennal 2019 at Spode Works
Spode Works Exhibition - British Ceramics Biennal 2019
Mt F Griffiths at Spode Works Exhibition - British Ceramics Biennal 2019
Keith is joining forces with Darren Washington, Sarah Peart, Dan Thompson, Marj Hogarth and Paul Rogerson to commemorate the men and women that worked in Spode. Every single piece of pottery ware made in Stoke was being touched by about 15 pairs of hands. In its prime, this site employed over 1000 people. Imagine all those hands, all that history.​

Keith has made 1100 beakers, one for every one of the workforce when the site was at its busiest, and a smaller one for every child working on the site. He remembered their hands as he shaped the beakers that holds their memory. Each beaker has been handmade by Keith in his Kentish studio, decorated with transfers printed in Stoke, and then brought here to fill this space in one of the old Spode mould rooms.​

In this new installation, running alongside the British Ceramics Biennial, Keith has filled this place with memory and made the ghosts of this place solid.