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

  • The Syn-Tea-Syzer 

    Murphy, Ingrid; Pigott, Jon (2017)
  • The Captains Teapot 

    Pigott, Jon; Murphy, Ingrid (2015)
  • The Campanologists Teacup: A Creative Collaboration of Technology and Making 

    Murphy, Ingrid; Pigott, Jon (Plymouth College of Art, 2016)
    This paper explores intersections of technology, making and material process in ways that go beyond the current paradigm of digital fabrication techniques and craft practice, through an artists report on a collaborative ...
  • Placement: A visual ethnography through clay 

    Natasha, Mayo (Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, Arts Council Wales, 2011-09-01)
    Perched precariously between the boundaries of fine art, craft and design, the status of ceramic practice remains subject to much debate. A collaboration between Fife Contemporary Art and Craft and the Oriel Davies Gallery ...
  • Drawing inspiration: From child to adult 

    Mayo, Natasha (Craft in the Bay, 2017-03-01)
    Before the dominance of verbal communication, children grasp at any mechanism within physical or mental reach to help them explore and respond to their surroundings. Perceiving no distinction between system or symbol they ...
  • Civic ceramics: Shifting the center of meaning 

    Mayo, Natasha; Warwick, Melania (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017-02-23)
    The title ‘Civic Ceramics’ refers to a growing number of practices that concertedly ‘shift the center of meaning’ from the artwork itself, to the activity of a viewer’s interaction, investment and sense of ownership over ...
  • New Frameworks For Interpreting Ceramic Objects 

    Mayo, Natasha (National Museum Wales, 2016-09-01)
    The Fragile? Exhibition; the largest ceramics exhibition ever hosted in Wales, offered a rich and diverse arena in which to explore ways in which we might uncover latent or hidden meaning behind objects. Interpretation ...

    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 ...

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