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.