Potteries Heritage Society has been working with Gladstone Pottery Museum and Stoke-on-Trent City Council on plans for this year's Potteries Bottle Oven Day. One exciting initiative aims to get the artistic juices flowing at a difficult time.
Welcome to the Bottle Oven Art Club
Terry Woolliscroft, who initiated the special day and came up with the idea says "The new Bottle Oven Art Club was launched during lockdown. It encourages artists (whether amateur or professional, young or not so young) to create art featuring the iconic Potteries bottle oven."
Artists may then enter photographs of up to three of their pieces to the Club, for free, by email. A panel of judges will select just 50 of them to appear in an online exhibition. All digital and virtual.
But later, when restrictions have eased, their physical artwork will be displayed in an exhibition, in real life, at Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Winning entries will be announced on Potteries Bottle Oven Day, 29 August 2020.
"So get creating! Your artwork must be in 2D so that we can hang it on the wall in the real exhibition and it may be a painting, sketch, drawing, print, monoprint, textile, stained glass, photography, or collage etc.