British Ceramics Biennial launches

Spanish designer Jaime Hayón will present his own ceramics works at the 2009 British Ceramics Biennial this autumn.

Host, porcelain and perspex, by Aimee Lax
Host, porcelain and perspex, by Aimee Lax

The ceramics festival launches today at the Saatchi Gallery, London SW3, as does the shortlist for the BCB Awards.

A total of 27 shortlisted ceramics designers, including Aimee Lax, Ikuto Iwamoto and Neil Brownsword, will be vying for six prizes in four categories.

The categories of batch production, one-off ceramics and ceramics in industry will each award one winner £10 000, while ceramics in the built environment will award three ceramicists £3000 each.

The awards and an accompanying exhibition will take place during the BCB festival, which will be staged in Stoke-on-Trent.

Highlights of this year’s Biennial include the Reveal shows, in which the city’s former ceramics factories will host a range of exhibitions, including the show by Hayón.

The festival’s ‘guerrilla ceramics’ strand will see artists commissioned to create temporary interventions in Stoke-on-Trent.

BCB also  hopes to leave the city a legacy in the form of its Start programme, which will help to fund the set-up of nine small creative ceramics businesses.

The identity for the BCB was created by BB/Saunders.

BCB runs from 3 October to 13 December.

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