The British Ceramics Biennial have worked within the recovery community in Stoke-on-Trent for over five-years. The Typecast project explored how clay and poetry might be used as a tool for those in the recovery process. An accompanying publication Typecast 2, documents the making and poetry, which shaped this project.
An extract from the Typecast 2 publication…
Typecast 2 unfolded in the space — and the tension — between these potential meanings of the material. As the group resolved into its core membership and found its way of working, we explored the connections between these two poles of the clay-work process and the dynamics of recovery. Settling into the four-day residency phase, we realised that the three clients in recovery who were staying with the project — Angie, Dave and Steve — all had some kind of background in craft — or construction-based industries in the region; Angie in silk-screen production, Dave as a builder, Steve in machine casting and moulding. These personal histories seem to have provided bridges into the Typecast experience and its emphasis on investigating materials, processes, and production methods. They certainly informed how we shaped the residency sessions around a model of workshop production, with research and development sessions on materials and processes, feeding into the making of components, which were then assembled into constructions on our improvised production line.
Typecast was delivered in partnership by the British Ceramics Biennial and Portraits of Recovery, and was part of a two-year European Lifelong Learning Grundtvig project, delivered by six other leading cultural agencies from five countries.
In January 2018, the British Ceramics Biennial launched ReCast, which enables a further five-year programme with the recovery community in Stoke-on-Trent.
Download the Typecast 2 publication.
Nº 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10; Photos — David Penny
Nº 2, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12; Photos — Des Lloyd Behari