Artists

Nicole Portlock

Ceramic Artist. Area of specialist interest: Smoke fired ceramics and smoke firing methods. Profile: I have a B.A. in Design Ceramics from Limerick School of Art and Design and an M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Limerick. I have been smoke firing and researching the process since I graduated…

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Paul Bailey

Editor of Emerging Potters magazine, reviewer and feature writer for Ceramics: Art & Perception. Areas of specialist interest: Publications and Publicity. Profile: Considerable experience as Head of Public Relations at a regional and national level. Represents the Aylesford Pottery in Kent in all publicity. Produces the online magazine Emerging Potters. Skills: Publisher Feature writer Photographer…

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Peter J David ACR

Freelance Ceramics Conservator. Area of specialist interest: Conservation and restoration of ceramics, glass and related materials West Dean/ BADA Diploma Conservation and Restoration of Antique Ceramics, Porcelains and related materials (1981) Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation Collections Care Condition Surveys Development of conservation programmes. Profile: Established in 1982. During the last 34+ years…

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Polly Macpherson MA SFHEA FRSA

Associate Head of School, Associate Professor of Design, Award Leader for BA(Hons) Designer Maker, School Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth Areas of specialist interest:  Originally studying ceramics at Wolverhampton, CSULB and Cardiff Polly is now Award Leader for BA(Hons) Designer Maker and leads a group of internationally acclaimed practitioners who teach the thinking, inventing,…

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Professor Simon Olding

Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts Area of specialist interest:  Modern and contemporary studio ceramics, with a particular interest in makers and craft associations in south west England; Bernard Leach Profile: Simon was Senior Assistant Keeper (Ceramics) at Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 1981-82. He has been Director of the Crafts Study…

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Rachel Conroy

Curator – Temple Newsam. Areas of specialist interest: Curation Museums British studio pottery Contemporary craft Installation Profile: I have worked as a curator specializing in decorative art since 2004. During my career I have had the opportunity to work on numerous exhibitions, acquisitions and commissions of contemporary ceramics. This included assisting Andrew Renton with exhibitions…

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Ray Auker

Member of Anglian Potters & Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society Areas of specialist interest: Thrown & altered ceramics Extruded sculptural forms Profile: Former Lecturer in Ceramics at Greenwich Community College. Retired in 2008 and set up own teaching and production workshop until 2012, currently producing “one off” pieces that reflect Ray’s broad interest in the processes…

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Richard Baxter

Full time ceramics maker and part-time occasional visiting curator. Areas of specialist interest: Ceramic musical instruments Story of British Studio Pottery Glaze colour Researched Sam Haile in depth Profile: I am 57, and have been a full time studio potter since graduating in 1981 from Loughborough with a BA in 3D Design-Ceramics. I have made…

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Roger Hardwick

Collector Areas of specialist interest: 20th and 21st century studio ceramics. Exhibition and museum display. Profile: I have collected pots for 40 years beginning with Leach standard ware and I now have about 400 MA in Art History from Open University, dissertation subject: Single artist museums, a neglected area of contemporary art history. I presented a paper…

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Sarah Villaneau

Artist/ workshop leader/ RD1st Coach for Visual Artists/ Artist Adviser/ consultant on the Sheffield Making Ways programme Areas of specialist interest: British studio ceramics Sculpture Design Glazing Handbuilt ceramics Contemporary Ceramics (international) European ceramics Abstract ceramic artists – Gordon Baldwin, Gillian Lowndes, Ewan Hender-son, Rafa Perez Workshop teaching Profile: Sarah has been making ceramics for…

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