Research Projects and Centres
Ceramics Research Centre
The Ceramics Research Centre (CRC-UK) developed from the interface between teaching and research based on the historic Harrow Ceramics course which ran from 1963 until 2012 (see Tradition and Innovation). During the first decade of the 21st century, current research staff Edmund de Waal and Christie Brown began to explore a strategy to address new agendas in the field, joined in 2004 by Clare Twomey. In 2011 the CRC-UK was awarded a major AHRC grant to explore the relationship between contemporary ceramic practice and museum culture. (see Ceramics in the Expanded Field). CRC-UK now builds on the strong profile of its members and their international activities. Its members include Professor Christie Brown, and Research Fellows Clare Twomey and Dr Julian Stair, supported by a growing number of doctoral students who demonstrate the broad arena in which the discipline operates.
The CRC-UK is a leader in the debates surrounding international contemporary ceramic practice. Critical discussion is essential to the development of the discipline. Members of the Centre are committed to exhibiting and publishing, as well as hosting and participating in conferences, symposia and dialogues. Their interests span ceramic installation, art practice, ceramic history and the interface between ceramics, performance and museology.
In July 2014 the CRC-UK hosted a 3-day exhibition and conference.