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Plateaus of the Potteries

Part 2 Project 2019
Samuel Winton
University of Lincoln Lincoln | UK
The architectonic transcendental binaries within Lincoln Cathedral inhibit the infinite potentiality of spatial organisation. By re-appropriating the Cathedral’s machines, we explore new spatial compositions which exhibit a more direct relationship between the emergent properties and their rhizomes which birth them.

Translating this theoretical approach to the current pottery systems of Stoke-on-Trent reveals that the existing social structures remain industrial and prioritise the transcendental value of capital, not the artisan potters they serve. This thesis is a speculative new ceramics centre designed to empower the expressive capability of the potter by connecting them to the rhizomes which enable their craft. Utilising the conceptual processes of detteritorialization and reterritorialization, both the programme and architectural language are birthed from the existing alienated industries, however, they are offered new meaning and potentiality once re-appropriated to a new interconnected social territory. The visual narrative of the soil to pot production chain visualises the overall pottery process, encouraging education and enabling potters to express themselves at every stage.

This ceramics centre offers a focal point adjacent to the existing Spode Pottery Works, which aids both sites in developing a mutual cultural exchange, whilst creating a pottery-based point of convergence to the polycentric city of Stoke-on-Trent.

Samuel Winton

Mr Trevor Elvin
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