The Cardiff School of Art & Design's Centre for Ceramics Research has been engaged with research in ceramics since the 1950s. It now covers many aspects of practice in the discipline, including the theorising of artists' creative practices, and the history of studio ceramics. The repository holds some of this research in the form of journal articles, conference papers and records of scholarly exhibitions held by the Centre. Further information is available from the WIRAD site

Recent submissions


    Mayo, Natasha; Preece, Zoe (Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, 2015-01-17)
    Curated by Natasha Mayo and Zoe Preece, this exhibition brought together new digital technologies with the long established traditions of ceramics, textiles and glass, to examine the ways in which artists explore the sense ...
  • The Digital Journeyman 

    Murphy, Ingrid (CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, 2015-02)
    The Digital Journeyman is a show reel of artefacts, outcomes of a practice based research project exploring how new and emergent digital processes influence how we conceive, produce and perceive a crafted ceramic object. ...
  • The Campanologist’s Teacup 

    Murphy, Ingrid; Pigott, Jon (Sensorial Object exhibition, 2015-03)
    The Campanologist’s Tea Cup is an interactive kinetic sound sculpture using ceramics objects and electromechanical devices, which explores intersections of technology, making and material process in ways that go beyond the ...
  • Gordon Baldwin in Context 

    Jones, Jeffrey (York Museums Trust, 2012)
    In 1951 Gordon Baldwin arrived at the Central School of Art. The School was situated in Southampton Row, at the heart of London's Bloomsbury district, not far from the British Museum. Baldwin was not yet twenty, and had ...
  • Drawing into Practice 

    Mayo, Natasha (Intellect, 2012-08-16)
    This article examines the nature of drawing as a cognitive tool and how the framework of a virtual learning environment can be used to extend its capacity to externalize creative ideas. The preparatory drawings a student ...
  • Pretty Young Things 

    Curneen, Claire (2010-08-14)
  • A Rough Equivalent: Sculpture and Pottery in the Post-War Period 

    Jones, Jeffrey (The Henry Moore Foundation, 2010-09)
    This exhibition was curated by Dr Jeffrey Jones, Reader in Ceramics during his Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds 2009/10; 'A Rough Equivalent' is an outcome of that Fellowship. The exhibition and ...
  • Making the Creative Process Visible: An account of strategies that can be used to facilitate the development of independent, creative thought 

    Mayo, Natasha (The Higher Education Academy, 2009-05)
    The resource resulting from this project comprises five short films documenting the development of ideas in the work of a cross-section of students from the BA and MA ceramic programmes in University of Wales Institute, ...
  • New Technologies - Friend or Foe? 

    Castle, Peter (2000-03-23)
    How can individual practitioners can enlist technologies new and old that can give access to furthering understanding and personal development?
  • Genesis 

    Castle, Peter (Peter Castle, 1999)
    The use of drawing has affinities with making, in that its processes and materials are always active in the evolution of an image that is not predetermined.
  • Spatial Colour Effects Across Three-dimensional Form: The Tilt Effect 

    Moorhouse, Sara (International Colour Association (AIC), 2008)
    This doctoral research examines and analyses the spatial activity created by colour combinations, drawn from landscape, when applied to three-dimensional form. Colours perform spatially upon a two-dimensional surface in a ...
  • Guild Figure 

    Curneen, Claire (2006-11-24)
    Museumaker is a publicly-funded, UK-based organization which aims to develop new audiences and new understandings of craftworks and museum collections. Its two principal stakeholders are: Arts Council England, and the ...
  • Succour 

    Curneen, Claire (2004-01-23)
    Succour was a solo touring exhibition commissioned by Ruthin Craft Centre in North Wales. The work produced for the show continued my interest in the figure as an embodiment of emotional tension or uncertainty, with reference ...
  • Studio Pottery in Britain 1900-2005 

    Jones, Jeffrey (A&C Black, 2008-10-17)
    The book provides a major survey of the studio pottery movement which began in the early twentieth century and which still claims the attention of large numbers of people. Existing publications in the field are mainly ...
  • Interpreting Ceramics 

    Jones, Jeffrey; Mayo, Natasha; Talbot, Kathy; Vincentelli, Moira; Partington, Matthew; Dahn, Jo (Interpreting Ceramics: Research Collaboration, 2000)
    Interpreting Ceramics is an initiative of a group of academic staff in the UK who have come together under the title of Interpreting Ceramics: Research Collaboration (ICRC). Our collaboration has come about through shared ...
  • The Fragmented Figure: A body of work examining the use of 'fragmentation' as a theme in contemporary ceramics 

    Jones, Jeffrey; Mayo, Natasha; Hose, Michael; Martini, Babette (2008-10-06)
    The subject of fragmentation achieves a breadth of interpretation lost in a more general discussion of the figure in art. It encompasses both literal and metaphoric perspectives, historic and contemporary aesthetics and ...