The Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent Conference Bureau will be raising its profile at International Confex at Olympia London, 2-3 March, by staging its very own pottery Throw Down challenge throughout the show.
A release from the bureau, which is bringing a potter’s wheel to its stand for the 2016 show, says: “Located on Stand F89 at the industry’s leading annual exhibition, the bureau has helped to stage ‘Meetings on a Plate’ for countless organisations over the years, and is doffing its cap to its ceramic heritage once again by celebrating The Potteries’ pivotal role in BBC TV’s latest hit programme The Great Pottery Throw Down.”
The Throw Down follows hard on the heels of Stoke-on-Trent’s role in BBC TV’s 24 Hours in the Past, when six celebrities spent time learning traditional skills in original workshops at the Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Middleport Pottery, in Burslem, spent much of 2015 hosting the crew for The Great Pottery Throw Down presented by Sara Cox. Middleport Pottery can stage meetings and events and, in 2014, underwent an £8.5m restoration project under the auspices of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust.
The Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire will also preview its new Meetings on a Plate guide at Confex and bureau manager, Claire Williams, says: “We want to cause a bit of a stir at International Confex this year – so will be giving anyone who watched The Great Pottery Throw Down, or who simply wants to have a go at throwing a pot, a chance to join in our very own Throw Down challenge. Our potter, Andrew, is from teamday.co.uk – another of our members, who offers similar challengers to delegates attending events in our region.”