IN THEIR ELEMENT

Three Welsh ceramicists inspired by the forces of nature. Beverley Bell Hughes Carine Van Gestel Kim Colebrook   14th January - 26th March 2023. As a young girl, Beverley Bell Hughes enjoyed making pinch pots, but this was discouraged during her training at Harrow in the 1960s: she was expected to make thrown, functional ware in the tradition of Bernard Leach… Read More

150 years of Ceramics at Aberystwyth: The gift, bequest and funding of the Ceramic Collection at Aberystwyth University 1872-2022

This exhibition is selection of the gifts, bequests and purchases for the Ceramic Collection to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Aberystwyth University. The Ceramic Collection is of national importance and stands shoulder to shoulder with other collections of studio ceramics at the V&A and the Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery. It forms part of… Read More

Paul Scott: New American Scenery

  Paul Scott: New American Scenery 09th July -25th September 2022 Paul Scott is well known for his provocative, politically conscious work. He uses familiar transfer-printed tableware designs like the Willow Pattern to comment on our life and times. This exhibition features ceramics inspired by the so-called ‘American transfer-ware’ that was made in 19th century Staffordshire and decorated with imagery… Read More

Zoe Preece: In Reverence

  Cardiff based artist Zoe Preece has created this series of ordinary domestic objects - intricately carved by hand from porcelain or turned from plaster on a lathe (a machine that spins at speed from which plaster forms can be carved). These fragile and beautifully crafted objects attempt to engage with the intangible, unsettling and tender aspects of domestic life.… Read More

PAUL WEARING: Flux and Poise

Ceramics Gallery Aberystwyth Arts Centre 16/10/2021-08/01/2022   flux & poise is an exhibition of new work stemming from my Material Matters project, funded by Arts Council of Wales. The body of work exhibited reveals key developments in my practice since July 2019 when resident at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where I immersed myself in the diverse West Wales landscape. The project… Read More

Ceramics in Focus: Black ceramicists represented in the Ceramics Collection, Aberystwyth University.

The formation of the Ceramic Collection at Aberystwyth University coincided with the development of the British studio pottery movement between the two World Wars. In the Western canon of art at that time, African ceramics were still largely considered to be ethnographical objects in the context of museum collections. African sculpture and masks, however, were an important influence on Modernist… Read More

Ceramics in Lockdown

CERAMICS IN LOCKDOWN This is an online exhibition using pots in the Ceramic Collection to illustrate some of the experiences of lockdown. You are welcome to suggest a work from the collection to include in this exhibition, so explore the collection and let us know. If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of lockdown, please visit… Read More

Glue Bats and Tissue Paper

  Printing as a way of transferring designs on to pottery was first used in Minoan and Mycenaean societies using natural sponges to create shapes and mottled effects in liquid slip. Clay, wood and other natural materials were also used to print and impress decorative designs onto the clay surface.  Transfer printing on to ceramic surfaces developed in line with industrial techniques for printing on paper. In the 18th Century engravings and etchings on copper plates began to… Read More