York Art Gallery

CoCA is a new world-class exhibition space dedicated to our collection of British studio ceramics: the largest and amongst the most important in the UK.

CoCA’s main website: centreofceramicart.org.uk

Presenting changing exhibitions and displays, new acquisitions and commissions, activity is supported by informal learning opportunities, research and events and aims to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of British studio ceramics.

A History of British Studio Ceramics

‘Pottery is at once the simplest and the most difficult of all arts’
Herbert Read, 1931

The British studio ceramics movement began in the early 20th century, carrying on a long tradition of producing objects by hand from clay.

From familiar domestic functional pots to challenging abstract forms, artists continue to explore the malleable nature of this commonplace material and the intimate role it plays in our daily lives.

Many artists have made their mark in clay and this gallery highlights some of the key personalities in our collection.

Teachers, students, contemporaries and admirers are brought together in a rich landscape of form, colour and texture.