Exhibitor Signup Deadline - 30th April 2024

Powered by passion for ceramics

Stoke on Clay CIC is a not for profit community interest company run by volunteers.

Everything we do is made possible through the generous support of people who donate their time and skills for our mission.

Our Core Team

Eleni Brammer


Eleni has a great love for art and contemporary design. Following some of her time as a student at Central St Martin’s, University of Arts London, Eleni has worked both in the UK and internationally, on branding and design, as well as producing and managing exhibitions and events for many years.

Settling in Stoke on Trent has enabled Eleni to fuel her passion for local potters, commercial potteries and showcasing Stoke on Trent. With her husband, Paul, they designed a large art exhibition at the National Garden Festival.

A founding director of Exesios BDD, Eleni will be using her extensive skills and experience as Exhibition Curator.

Paul Brammer


Paul, a graduate of Fine Art, Photography and Interactive Multimedia, has extensive experience of the art and commercial design industry. He is innovative in his approach to enabling art to be accessible.

Paul and his wife, Eleni, established one of the first large independent galleries in Stoke on Trent in 1986, and helped establish the first Stoke on Trent Ceramics Festival 2006-2009, as well as working with many local, national and international companies in his role as founding director of Exesios BDD.

As Lead Director for Stoke on Clay, Paul works to promote the Festival with sponsors and funding bodies. As well as bringing his extensive use of exhibition technology to make Stoke on Clay Festival 2024 accessible for all.

Simon Drakeford


Simon has worked across a number of sectors throughout his career. He has extensive experience in project and event management, both within the commercial and voluntary sectors. Simon’s passion for history and access to the arts for all, sees him bringing his skills and passion as co-director for Education, Workshops and Events. Bringing an accessible, varied and exciting programme to Stoke on Clay 2024 and beyond.

Jan Roberts


Jan came to Stoke on Trent in the 1970s as a trainee teacher and never left! Jan’s career path has included education, theatre stage management, ceramic community projects, historical walking tours and many voluntary sector projects. She brings a wide skill set to Stoke on Clay, with a love of pots at the centre.

The history of the pots and people of Stoke on Trent are Jan’s passion, bringing this knowledge to Stoke on Clay. As co-director for Education, Workshops and Events, Jan will be using her knowledge and skills to share her passions with as many people as possible.

Iain Archer

Curation Support

Iain began his study and training in fashion and textiles at The Burslem School of Art, and later MA in menswear design from the acclaimed Royal College of Art London.

Iain’s career has seen him travel and work with many brands both within the UK and internationally in America Japan Australia New Zealand, and on returning to the UK worked for an arts university running the fashion school.

Going full circle Iain has returned home to Stoke on Trent, launching his own studio Lost and Found Projects, and with his creativity and extensive experience of showcasing and generating creative work, Iain will be supporting Eleni in curating the exhibition, as well as being a host venue at his studio.

Caroline Kisielewicz


Caroline’s love of pottery came as the perfect antidote to her busy career as a veterinary surgeon. She joined Stoke on Clay in 2023 initially as a volunteer and was then persuaded to exhibit her work. 

Caroline is an active participant in pottery associations across the Midlands and North West, as well as exhibiting and selling her work locally and at national events.

Stoke on Clay Festival 2024 sees Caroline working alongside Eleni and Iain, in her role as festival coordinator.