Call for Papers – Deadline January 31st

Ceramics and Sculpture: Different Disciplines and Shared Concerns

A Call for Papers for a One-Day Conference to be held in Cardiff at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, 5 July 2012

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Relationships between ceramics and sculpture are a focus for research at Cardiff School of Art and Design. This research has demonstrated that the interests of studio ceramicists and sculptors in Britain either overlapped or came into particularly sharp focus at certain periods during the last century or so. The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, has in the last few years awarded research fellowships to explore such relationships and one outcome was the exhibition A Rough Equivalent, curated by Dr Jeffrey Jones in 2010 . Both ceramics and sculpture now have to make a case for their survival as discrete disciplines within higher education and, increasingly within the arts, categories are blurred. Recently an issue of Interpreting Ceramics was devoted to interdisciplinary approaches in American ceramics and the 2012 issue of the journal will address relationships between ceramics and sculpture. Against this background the conference seeks to illuminate shared concerns by examining points of formal, conceptual, theoretical and material convergences between the two disciplines, while also addressing key points of difference.


The conference conveners welcome a variety of papers that engage with the encounter between ceramics and sculpture. The terms ‘ceramics’ and ‘sculpture’ are intended to be interpreted broadly and include vessels, figurative work, collaborative work, installation and performance. Papers representing new research are particularly welcome and authors are invited to submit proposals based on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Contextual grounding for the relationships between ceramics and sculpture.
  • Materials and processes.
  • Formal and conceptual language.
  • The role of education.
  • The role of curatorial practice in making relationships between ceramics and sculpture manifest.
  • Institutional cultures.
  • Case studies of individual artists, movements, debates etc.
  • The iconography of the artist in the studio.

Submission, Presentation and Publication of Papers in Interpreting Ceramics

  • Proposals for papers (300 words) accompanied by short biographies of the authors (150 words) should be submitted by 31st January 2012 in ‘Word’ format.
  • All successful papers will be included in a special issue of Interpreting Ceramics to be published in conjunction with the conference.
  • A number of slots will be available for presentations on the day of the conference. However it will be possible to publish additional papers in Interpreting Ceramics. If potential authors are unable to attend the conference (for example, international contributors) then ‘publication only’ submissions will be accepted.
  • A detailed schedule for the submission, presentation and publication of the papers is available for potential authors and enquiries should be made by to (please note new email address for Cardiff Metropolitan University).

The conference is an initiative of Cardiff School of Art and Design (Cardiff Metropolitan University, UWIC) and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Collaborative partners are Interpreting Ceramics; Welsh Institute for Research in Art and Design (WIRAD); National Centre for Ceramics in Wales.