Category Archives: Ceramics

Ceramics Craft Forum: In Conversation


“We want to claim back the word ‘craft’!! We are staging a run of ‘in conversations’ with Art Historian Dr. Jonathan Clarkson in our ceramics archive calling upon the history of ceramics research at Cardiff to identify intersections between ceramics and art with our MA’s hopefully running a little like this . . .”

Dr. Natasha Mayo discussing ‘Sloppy Craft’
Dr. Jon Pigott discussing ‘Crafting Technology’
Theo Humpheries discussing ‘Crafting Humour’
Claire Curneen discussing ‘Crafting Narratives’
Dr. Martyn Woodward ‘The Anthropology of Craft

Delighted that these events will be held  in our Special Collections room using material from the Ceramics Collections and Archives.


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New Books and DVDs: Architecture . . . and Ceramics


Cino Zucchi: by Francesca Serrazanetti and MatteoSchubert.  This book, collecting sketches, maquettes, project drawings and notional references from architecture to science or music intermingled in graphic narratives, composes a highly autobiographical and layered manifesto. Theoretical ideas and architectural practice coexist systematically, tracing out Cino Zucchi’s scientific and personal profile (from publisher’s website).

Architects of the Divine: The First Gothic Age. DVD Medieval historian Dr. Janina Ramirez looks back to a time when British craftsmen and their patrons created a new form of architecture…

Grayson Perry’s Dream House. DVD Documentary which charts the creation of Grayson Perry’s riskiest and most personal public artwork of his career: a loving tribute and celebration of his homeland of Essex inspired by his life and the people he grew up among …’A House for Essex’ was commissioned by Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture project.

george ohr

George Ohr: The Greatest Art Potter on Earth

Ten Japanese Potters and a Tea Ceremony

Troubleshooting for Potters

Phil Rogers: a portfolio


These new items are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library. Available to browse until 9th March after which time they may be borrowed. If you would like to place a reservation, please follow the links to the library catalogue.



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New Books: Ceramics and Sculpture


Phil Rogers          Mike Dodd         Lisa Hammond  Clive Bowen      Ken Matsuzaki

Wood Fired CeramicsWood-Fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists

sculpture2RD: Richard Deacon, Thing Soul: Cathie Pilkington, Beverly Pepper: New Works, Claes Oldenberg: Strange eggs: poems and cutouts, 1956-58, Anthony Caro: The Last Sculptures, XXL ART: When Artists Think Big, Grayson Perry: Playing the Gallery

On display until 10th June after which time they can be borrowed.  Follow the links to the library catalogue to place a reservation.


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New print journals have arrived!

Lots of exciting new print journals have been arriving in Zone 3 of the library this week. (Follow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre – see map at foot of post.) Browsing the journals is a great way of keeping up to date with upcoming shows, events and research.


Tate etc. Cover

Tate Etc. uses Tate collections, events and projects as starting points to explore the visual arts scene on an international scale. In the current issue there is a fascinating article about Lancashire-born artist Leonora Carrington, ahead of a show of her work at Tate Liverpool 6th March – 31st May 2015.

“She composed texts in three languages, was ambidextrous, and could write with both hands simultaneously backwards and forwards.”


Ceramic Review


“Ceramic review is a bi-monthly journal for potters, students, enthusiasts and collectors. Included in this issue is Deiniol Williams, who once dug his clay from his parent’s Welsh farm; John Ward reveals how the Preseli mountains’ outcrops and strata on Welsh beaches are a constant stimulus, and Alan Parris takes students through an exciting open –air firing of Raku ware.”


a + u – Architecture & Urbanism

A+U cover

a+u – Architecture & Urbanism – is an architectural magazine in Japanese and English that provides information on architecture around the globe to a global readership. This month’s edition explores 25 Projects in Latin America. One of these projects is Germán del Sol, Hotel Remota in Patagonia, Chile.

A+U Hotel Remota

Follow the blue signs for journals through the learning centre: 

Zone 3, Floor 2: A- H

Zone 3, Floor 3: I- Z and archive.


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New Books

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by | November 18, 2014 · 10:35 am

Llandaff Library staff talk about art: Paul Wearing

Paul Wearing ‘Oval Vessel ‘, 2013

Click on the photo to find out more about Paul Wearing

Click on the photo to find out more about Paul Wearing

This is one of my own pieces and beyond the blatant self-promotion the reason for me putting it forward is because my ceramic work would not have come about if I hadn’t studied here at Cardiff Met and found the library so full of amazing resources that to this day continue to inspire and inform my practice. It’s all here waiting for you to discover too

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Ceramic Review

See the current journal display in Howard Gardens Library for the Nov/Dec issue of Ceramic Review. Highlights include:

The Landscape of Wales: A special look at the work of several Welsh makers, whose ceramics reflect the dramatic scenery and history of Wales. Moira Vincentelli reveals the innate bond between maker and place, taking pleasure in work of contemporary studio potters who endeavour to make a connection with their surroundings.

Selected Nuances: Sara Moorhouse suggests that ceramists employ an abstracted view of landscape.

A Potter in Paradise: Duncan Ayscough enjoys a week at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

For more details of articles in this issue visit the Ceramic Review website.  To access an online version of this and issues from 1997 – 2012, use the Cardiff Met Electronic Library. Search for Ceramic Review on the e-journal A-Z page and follow the Art Full Text link.

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