Aberystwyth University’s Ceramic Collection is one of the major collections of studio ceramics in Britain and is particularly noted for its studio pottery of the period 1920-1940. The ceramics were originally part of the Arts and Crafts Museum of the University initially funded by the Davies sisters of Gregynog, Newtown.
The collection has fine examples of pottery by Bernard Leach, Michael Cardew, Katharine Pleydell-Bouverie, Norah Braden, Charles and Nell Vyse, William Staite Murray and Reginald Wells . The main collection was formed between 1920-1936 and since 1974 there has again been an active acquisitions policy and there is now a major collection of contemporary ceramics, including British, European, American, and Japanese studio pottery, 18th & 19th century Welsh and English slip ware, Swansea and Nantgarw porcelain, Art Pottery and Oriental ceramics.
In 1986 the display area was extended and a purpose built gallery was created on the ground floor of Aberystwyth Arts Centre where there is an ongoing programme of exhibitions and events. The Ceramic Collection is now more than ever at the heart of teaching at the School of Art, as a teaching and research resource for staff and student.
The Ceramic Collection is located in the Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, where certain items from the collection are permanently on display. Some items are also on display at the School of Art. Items are also held in store in both locations. If you would like to see an item in store please contact us to arrange a visit.The Ceramic Archive is based at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University. Personal callers are welcome but please call in advance to arrange a visit and to ensure somebody is able to see you.
Ceramic Archive: Tel: (+0044) 01970 622192
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: Tel (+0044) 01970 623232 (for exhibition details)
School of Art: Tel (+0044) 01970 622460 (for general information, enquires and queries)
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as well as a large amount of published, audio and video material relating
to the wider field of hand made ceramics production and activities. The
Ceramic Archive welcomes inquiries from students, researchers and the