This is a piece which went on to inspire a series of artworks for an exhibition at Centre Space Gallery, in the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre, in December 2018. 


The piece visually represents the landscape of the potteries and celebrates the history of the bottle kilns which were once abundant.


The glazed surface explores the array of colours seen in the landscape, from the slate blue tiles to the red bricks obscured by the smoky atmosphere generated by the kilns.


This installation was commissioned by Keele University as part of the Stoking Curiosity Festival (Link below). The project involved linking various areas of science with different artists, in order to produce an artistic outcome, which would engage a new audience with science. In my particular case Evolutionary Robotics was linked with Ceramics. I worked with Adam Stanton, Lecturer from Keele University, who specialises in Evolutionary Robotics and taught me about some of the processes and the theories behind this area of science. Although i'm sure I barely scratched the surface, I picked out some key elements to take forward and turn into art.  

For the installation I took the designs of some of the computer generated robots and translated them into 3D ceramic forms. Then displayed each piece in a hierarchical rising form, with more 'evolved' robots rising to the top and the 'unevolved' robots scattered at the bottom of the hierarchy. 

The finished piece is due to be on display at Keele University, but it has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak.


Early in the year I was approached by Malvern Garden Buildings who offer a premium collection of garden buildings, including thatched gazebos, greenhouses, garden offices & studios. They commissioned me to make 100 mini planters designed to represent some of the buildings in their portfolio. (Photos adjacent)


These would go on to be displayed and given away at the Garden Press Event 2020, in London, as a publicity stunt, where they were a huge hit with the press, journalists and magazine writers.

"We also wanted to say thank you again for all the hard work you put into making our mini garden buildings! As you may have been able to tell from Instagram last night – they were very well received and will hopefully be sitting on lots of very important people’s desks today."



Gaslight & Wasters is a collaboration between Emma Price and Andrew Cliff, two artists based at the ACAVA studios in the old Spode Works factory.

Inspired by both the history and the exciting changes in the re-purposing of the site, the exhibition combines pieces produced during their first two years at Spode.

Gaslight refers to the histories of the site. The artwork is an interpretation of these histories; the traces left, the stories and atmospheres these spaces retain. Use has been made of the footprint textures, colours and sensations, and inspiration was found in exploring and engaging with the architecture and remains of the old factory.

Wasters is an industry term, referring to discarded pieces of unwanted pottery. An allusion to the closure of the working factory, the site’s history moves forward, preserved through an imaginative reclamation of its past.

Our perception of heritage and its transition into the modern domain hold alternative options for expression. My body of work centres around a vision of the current state of heritage and the importance of preserving its ‘wasters’, presenting them in a way which enables us to recognise and reconnect with our past. The desire to grow, develop and create new things does not make our heritage inconsequential, it provides a structure from which to build and reflect on how it has brought us to our current state of being. The collective pieces represent the journey from the ruined state, its reclamation and the materialisation of heritages sanctuary.

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