NCS Members and non-members
are invited to

Where do designs come from? 

NCS Summer School 2023

23-26 August
University of Chester


Where do designs come from?

The seminar will cover a wide range of topics. We will look at the origin of shapes, inspiration from China and Japan, the rise of the specialist ceramic designer in the 19th century and the influence of science on 20th century patterns.


Speakers include Paul Atterbury, Robin Emmerson, Pat Halfpenny, Ben Miller and Nicholas Panes.


This is a residential seminar at the University of Chester, non-residential places are available.


The NCS makes two bursaries available to  members or non-members who feel they would benefit from the opportunity to attend summer school. The bursaries cover conference sessions, meals and accommodation but not travel to Chester. Please send application using this link


In addition to the speakers’ presentations the programme also includes

  • Coach trip to the Spode Museum to see the new galleries and facilities
  • Display & discussion of members’ pots
  • Evening of Members’ Paper
  • A book sale
  • Members’ social evenings

If you are attending the conference and wish to contribute a short paper to the members’ evening, please let us know here

   At a glance

23-26 August, 2023
University of Chester


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