Education and qualifications

  • PhD (AHRC funded studentship). Royal College of Art


  • MA Ceramics. Cardiff School of Art and Design (UWIC)


  • BA (Hons.) 3D Design (Ceramics). 1st Class / Commendation for thesis. Bristol School of Art and Design (UWE)

Awards/Professional Memberships


  • Prizewinner – Jerwood Contemporary Makers


  • Shortlisted for Contemporary Craft Fellowship Scheme (Crafts Council).
  • Committee member (Reviews Editor, 2010) – Interpreting Ceramics online journal.


  • Associate member – Spike Island, Bristol.
  • Member – Contemporary Applied Arts, London.


  • Annual Award, Arts Council (also awarded 2005, 2002, 1996)


  • Member (and treasurer) – Changing Places Environmental Arts Trust.



  • Course Leader, MA Ceramics, Bath Spa University.


  • Senior Lecturer, BA Interior Design, University of the West of England.


  • Part-time lecturer, Critical Studies in Art & Design (BA & MA), Bath Spa University.


  • Part-time lecturer (Associate Tutor from 2011) BA & MA Ceramics, Cardiff Metropolitan University.


  • Lecturer (Part-time) in Historical, Critical and Contextual Studies. Faculty of Art, Design, Media & Performing Arts, City of Bristol College.


  • Visiting lecturer BA and MA Ceramics, UWE, Bristol.

Selected commissions/residencies


  • Artist residency: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA (04.04.13 – 31.04.13)


  • Shortlisted for V&A Museum Residency: Ceramics Independent Practice


  • Ceramic figure (1200 x 800 x 500mm). City of Bristol College. College Green Centre, Bristol


  • Brick floor feature (8500 x 500 x 2350mm) and brick relief threshold details for entrance ways. City of Bristol College.
  • Temple of Light – Year of the Artist Residency. Lead artist for a multimedia, camera obscura project. Funded by Arts Council, South West; UWE; Bristol City Council and Hewlett Packard Research Labs.


  • Seven-day ceramics residency. Uffculme School, North Devon


  • Saddle Seats (1800 x 1200 x 1200mm each). Two exterior ceramic seats, for Oldown Country Park, Gloucestershire. Funded by Oldown, Changing Places Environmental Arts Trust and South Gloucestershire County Council.

Selected exhibitions


  • Many a Slip (curated by Alison Britton): Marsden Woo Gallery, London, UK.


  • One Bag (PhD final show): Hester Road Gallery, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK.


  • Disruption: RCA Research Biennial, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • Award Exhibition: British Ceramics Biennial. Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.


  • Transnational Explorations in Ceramics: ArtXchange, Seattle, USA.
  • Focus Exhibition: Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK.


  • Placement (curated by Dawn Youll and Lowrie Davies): Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales / Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, St. Andrews, Scotland.


  • Jerwood Contemporary Makers: Jerwood Space, London, UK, and:

The Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland

  • 158th Autumn Exhibition: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK.
  • 3D2D3D (curated by Dr. Paul Thirkell): Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Scotland, UK (18th Sep – 30th Oct 2010) and Norske Grafikere, Oslo, Norway (January 2011).
  • A Living Space (curated by Kit Kemp): Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK.
  • London Art Fair: Business Design Centre, Islington, UK (represented by Transistor).
  • Gathered Worlds: Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK.


  • Art & Utility: Henry Thomas Gallery, West Wales School of the Arts, Carmarthen, UK.
  • British Ceramics Biennial, Award: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, UK.
  • The 5th World Ceramic Biennale: WOCEF, Republic of Korea.
  • CUP: Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, UK.
  • 25 Years: Howard Gardens Gallery, CSAD, Cardiff, Wales.


  • Winter’s Tales: New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester, UK.
  • Bristol Contemporary Open: Paintworks, Bristol, UK.
  • 2nd International Triennial of Silicate Arts: Kecskemet, Hungary.


  • Found (ETC Applied Arts Group, Centre for Fine Print Research): New Gallery, Bower Ashton, UWE, Bristol, UK.
  • Ceramics Now: Milton Gallery, St. Paul’s School, London, UK.
  • Out of the Ordinary: Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, UK.
  • Archive, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK.
  • Fresh Air: Quenington Sculpture Park, Gloucestershire, UK.
  • Ceramic Art London: Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • Form: Olympia, London, UK.
  • Open Sculpture: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK.


  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (selected by Alison Wilding): London, UK.
  • Collect. V&A Museum, London (represented by COSA gallery).
  • Group Show. Edgar Modern Fine Art, Bath.
  • Gallery Artists. COSA gallery, London.


  • FULL ( Sandammeer/Wilson): collaborative performance. Plan 9, Bristol, UK
  • Ceramic Art London: Royal College of Art, London, UK.
  • Erotica: Brighton Fringe Arts Production, Brighton, UK.


  • Pop Culture: Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire, UK.
  • Art Outside: Savill Garden. Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, UK.


  • Beneath the Surface: The Subconscious in Craft: Brewery Arts, Cirencester, UK.


  • The Travelling Temple of Light: 15 one-day events in the South West, including Millennium Square, Bristol; Year of the Artist Conference, Watershed Media Centre; Hewlett Packard Research Labs.


  • Ceramic Art. An American and British Friends: Palais Rastede. Rastede, Germany / Galerie Jacoba Wijk. Groningen, Holland.


  • Not Just Pots.  New Directions in Contemporary Ceramics: Hampshire County Council Museums Service travelling exhibition (July 1999 – March 2000), UK.
  • Nippon UK: V&A Museum, London, UK.
  • Video Rideo: Clifton Observatory, Bristol, UK  (a multi-disciplinary arts event funded by Bristol City Council and Changing Places Environmental Arts Trust).

Selected media coverage/publications

  • New Directions in Ceramics: From Spectacle to Trace (Jo Dahn, Bloomsbury Academic, October 2015)
  • CFile online magazine (04.09.15): Profile of work for Many a Slip, Marsden Woo.
  • CFile online magazine (02.10.14): Profile by Garth Clark
  • a-n online (2013), ‘There is a revolution happening’: Catherine Roche on the  International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth.
  • Disegno, January 2013: Disruption RCA Research Biennial.
  • Ceramics Art & Perception, Issue 89 (September – November 2012) Review of Transnational Explorations in Ceramics.
  • Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Yale University Press, 2012) edited by G. Clark & Cindi Strauss.
  • Stolen Moments: Conor Wilson (Spine TV, 2012), a film by Dan Canyon:
  • Ceramics: Tools and Techniques for the Contemporary Maker, by Louisa Taylor (Jacqui Small Publishing, 2011)
  • Extra/ordinary: Craft culture and contemporary art (Duke University Press, 2011), edited by Maria Elena Buszek.
  • Made for Love ( Stichting Kunstboek, 2009).
  • Contemporary Ceramics (Thames & Hudson, 2009), edited by Emmanuel Cooper.
  • 500 Ceramic Sculptures (Lark Books, 2009).
  • Breaking the Mould: New Approaches to Ceramics (Black Dog Publishing, 2007).
  • ‘Art Quarterly’, Winter 2006. Human Clay by Emmanuel Cooper.
  • ‘Country Lives’ (6 min. profile) ITV1 (7.30 November 16th 2006).
  • ‘Ceramic Review’, Issue 221 (Sept/Oct 2006), Squeezing the Lemon by Pete Bodenham.

Writing / Speaking / Curatorial


  • PhD Thesis: Writing_Making: Object as body, language and material (RCA).
  • Speaker: Queer Craft…? V&A Design Culture Salon, convened by Dr. Matt Smith, April 15 2016, London, UK.


  • Catalogue text: The Sensorial Object, curated by Dr. Natasha Mayo and Zoe Preece, Makers Guild of Wales, Cardiff.
  • Essay: Sloppy Craft: Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts, edited by Elaine Cheasley Paterson and Susan Surette, Bloomsbury Academic (September 2015)


  • Text: Wysing Arts Centre publication [with An Endless Supply], Q: Where do you see yourself in twenty-five years? To accompany the exhibition Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century.
  • Review: Interpreting Ceramics Online Journal, Issue 16: Where is Production? Inquiries into Contemporary Sculpture (Black Dog with SculptureCenter, New York, 2013) / Thinking is Making: Presence and Absence in Contemporary Sculpture (Black Dog with Standpoint, London, 2013)
  • Conference paper/performance: RCA Research Conference, So Far, So Good – ‘The Production of Images’ session, convened by Azadeh Fatehrad,  Gorvy Lecture Theatre, London, UK.


  • Workshop: ‘Space, Object, Language’, delivered with Amanda Game. Wysing Arts Centre retreat, How We Make and How We Might Make, Cambridge, UK.
  • Two research texts: Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 6:1, Intellect Books.
  • Speaker/demonstrator: International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.
  • Conference paper/performance (‘Translation: Object/Text/Object’, with Amanda Game): London Conference in Critical Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
  • Presentation/performance: Cranbrook residency research findings, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2012 -13

  • Design and curatorial team: Disruption, RCA Research Biennial, London, UK.


  • Speaker: Research in Art & Design and Socially Engaged Practice symposium , Colchester School of Art, Design and Media, Colchester, UK.
  • Conference paper: ‘You can use clay, but you can’t do Ceramics. Some thoughts on why ceramics isn’t sculpture’. Ceramics & Sculpture: Different Disciplines and Shared Concerns, National Museum of Wales with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK.
  • Plenary chair: Doctoring Practice symposium (keynote by Glenn Adamson), Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


  • Conference presentation: Current Research (‘digit_digital: Ceramic surface as site of meaningful conflict’). Parallels and Connections, International conference on postgraduate research in ceramics and glass, National Glass Centre, Sunderland University, Sunderland, UK.
  • Lecture: ‘Current Research/Practice’. Placement exhibition symposium, Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, St. Andrews, UK.


  • Speaker: 3D print technologies and their Creative Application in the Arts and Crafts symposium, Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE (Held at Tobacco Factory, Bristol / 09.12.09). Bristol, UK.
  • Joint curator: 25 Years. MA Ceramics, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, UK.
  • Speaker / co-chair (with Claire Barclay): Residency presentations by Dawn Youll and Johannes Nagel, Cove Park, Scotland, UK.


  • Review: Searching for Beauty by Richard Jacobs. Interpreting Ceramics Online Journal, Issue 10.
  • Review: Idea & Act, Bath Spa University. Ceramic Review, Issue 234 Nov / Dec 2008.


  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA (Collection of Garth Clark and Mark Del Vechio).
  • Aberystwyth University Ceramic Collection and Archive, Wales, UK.
  • World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.
  • Archive, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, UK.
  • Private collections in England, Ireland, Wales, Holland, France, Italy, Turkey, Canada and the U.S.A.