Dr Natasha Mayo is a practitioner and researcher in the discipline of ceramics, freelance writer and since 2016 Programme Director of Ceramics at the National Centre for Ceramics Studies in Wales, Cardiff School of Art & Design. Her work examines the human form as milieu, a place onto which we project identities, societal, gendered and cultural thoughts and feelings. Mayo is a member of the cooperative ‘Fireworks
Ding Liang graduated with a BA in Sculpture from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in China in 2008, and went on to study for her MA in Ceramic Design in Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. During her MA her work focused on combining different materials with clay, and investigating texture. Since 2011 she has worked as a lecturer at the Art College of Inner Mongolia in China, mainly teaching ceramic art and sculpture
‘I am a Ceramicist reaching the conclusion of my Masters in Ceramics with Cardiff Metropolitan University, CSAD. Relatively new to the medium, I have developed a deep passion for clay. This passion has led to another fledging practice, a fusion of ceramics and poetry: Poamics. My practice researches the vocabulary and narratives contained in both shard and verse, its aim: to enrich present conversation in Ceram
Angela Tait is a sculptor from the North West, UK. She also lectures in Fine Art at the University of Salford. Through her PhD research ‘Ceramics and the Domestic Ritual’ she is investigating the relationship which creative practice has with domestic obligations or routine. This is done through a mixed media process which often includes other ‘home’ crafts such as crochet and embroidery, creating sculptural forms whi
Theo’s sculptural practice interrogates craft and making processes, intuitively inventing ways to release an expressive narrative. He explores and asks important questions of traditional and contemporary materials, processes and landscapes, seeking understanding of the varied environments we live within. The work highlights the meeting of internal being with external place and puts making at the centre of this encoun
Loucia Manopoulou is a curator and researcher who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art. Loucia has worked in a wide range of creative and cultural environments for more than 20 years, both in Greece and in the UK, including commercial galleries, museums and the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Examples of recent projects include: Sounds of Making (2018) an interactive installation to complement Car
As part of the lecture programme, we have a special PhD symposium chaired by Dr. Jo Dahn author of New Directions in Ceramics: From Spectacle to Trace (2015). Invited students are given a weekend ticket for the Festival and asked to give a 10-15 minute presentation (Powerpoint) about their research. Course tutors are asked to put forward any interested PhD students. Please contact Sarah Morton firstname.lastname@example.org for
The ICF is Europe’s premier ceramics festival which is held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the campus of Aberystwyth University on the mid-Wales coast. Since it began in 1987, the three-day festival has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event. Learn more...