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Latest News: NEW RESEARCH

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2024 - 

I have been awarded a one-month residency at the International Ceramics Studio, Hungary, as part of ICF biennial, to develop the practice of ‘thinking through the skin’ on figurative ceramics; an experimentation with the ceramic surface to convey a sense of knowledge as it travels through the body. 

The timing of the residency coincides with the studio’s annual symposium where, alongside 10 invited international artists, I will be assisted by skilled technicians, high-quality resources, to develop and potentially contribute work to the esteemed ICS ceramic collection and take part in presentations sharing our respective ideas and contributing to international ceramic debate. 

2024 - 

Making Small Talk: working with clay has long been described as entering a conversation, an interaction between the nature of the maker and properties of the material. ‘Small Talk’ examines this sociality on a more nuanced level, by applying approaches commonly used in the practice of Oral History, to devise model of co-construction that can sensitize those involved to the nature of human interaction, and act as a register of the ‘smaller stories’ in the details of shared experiences. 

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2022 - 

Flightlines adapts traditional oral history techniques to fuel conversations between ceramic artists and identify examples of ‘ensemble practice’ (Biggs, 2011), an approach that moves beyond the focus of the studio, in accounting for creativity that includes the entanglement of multiple, interconnected demands such as those of family, social/community, or wider global/ecological events. This multiplicity in creative practice can be found as a common negotiation for women/parent artists and yet, it is a model curiously lacking in recognition for its flexibility, ingenuity, resilience, and contribution in artistic terms.

The approach requires a shift in focus from understanding creativity as ‘owned’ by self-contained individuals, to practice shaped by relations and social concerns. The results document narratives that are rich in relational connection, a collection of conversations that are already mapping alternative routes through the field of ceramics, interweaving clay with permaculture / trail-running / trauma / wellbeing / folklore / midwifery… 

2024 - NEW STUDIO!!

A am honoured to now inhabit a beautiful studio in Llandaff just around the corner from where I work at CSAD. It is a shared legacy studio for three ceramists, perfectly lit by skylights and glass doors, loo's and shower if we get really messy, external storage for clay, kiln area and the amazing Halley's park if we need to breathe by the Taff river! I have my bike and can pop over during a lunchtime!

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2024 - co-written with Ingrid Murphy

This paper describes a practice-based research project being undertaken at Cardiff Metropolitan University, that focuses on the design and development of an interactive material library and the use of embedded RFIDs in object making. The project is part of a wider carbon literacy initiative in the school of art, and it is hoped that through digitally augmenting materials and objects with relevant data, we can enhance students’ learning while enabling them to evidence both their ethical choice and creative voice, in material practice and making processes.

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2024

The following report maps the first stages of this study from initial interaction with the site of the residency at Niemelä house, E. Finland, and onto a series of drawing conversations with its attendees. The results start to show how, as a particular field of the visual arts, the drawing process can be shaped by situated ‘small talk’, reflected in equivalenthesitancies and utterances in emerging and growing ideas, and in turn, how narrative analysis can be used to interpret and explore the sociality of drawing taking place. 

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2023 - collaboration with Dr Cj O'Niell

Flightlines: Conversations in Clay, a collaboration with Dr CJ O'Neill explores the extraordinary practices that can arise from the relationship between ceramic practice and life. Using non-hierarchical approaches such as oral histories, fostering networks, and devising podcasts, we gather conversations that give insight into creativity informed by the entanglement of multiple, interconnected demands – a common negotiation of women artists - and yet, models of creative practice curiously lacking in recognition for their ingenuity, resilience, and contribution in creative terms.  

Co-Authors include: Sarah Christie, Phoebe Cummings, Helen Felcey, Claire Loder, Sam Lucas, Mandy Parslow, Stephanie Rozene, Ina Kaur

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2021

Creativity during the Covid lockdown: Life and Renewal During the Pandemic - The Royal Anthropological Institute, and The Folklore Society

Irreducible Forces of Home' explores how for many, the material-lore of ‘home’ lay dormant or unrecognised until lockdown, at which point its irreducible forces – a space containing memories, a shelter for day-dreaming - mobilised, tracing the ‘living history’ of families along pavements, parks and green spaces and contributing to a new, albeit temporary, sociality.

2020

Ceramic Art and Perception: article 'The Storyteller:

the Woven Narratives of Natalia Dias Ceramics' 

2019

'The Socability of Clay' Ceramic Communities Conference funded by CoCA

May 2019

Ceramic Art and Perception: article

'Zoe Preece: Pacing the Perimeter' 

August 2018

CCQ: article 'Material Presence' Zoe Preece

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September 2018

Re-stating Clay Conference: 

Conversational approach to Skill Share 

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November 2017

Ceramic Reader: article 'Civic Ceramics' Shifting

the centre of meaning

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September 2018

CAID Conference: Civic Ceramics

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October 2016

Beyond Borders- multidisciplinary event to raise

awareness of Assylum: exploring how creativity can

encourage discussion and awareness of issues too

politicized or complex to raise in other ways

01/02/16

Collaboration with NMW and CSAD identifying

diverse frameworks through which to interpret

ceramic objects to create teaching resource and

database.

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