The transferware engraver; practice, scope and impact at the Spode Works
This research will examine the role of the copper-plate engraver in the transfer-printed ceramic industry, notably the process of image selection, use and modification. The literature on transfer-printed pottery is largely orientated to the collector and researched by collectors and dealers. Investigations have mainly dealt with factory identification, date, pattern derivation and evaluation of merit and value. My theoretical approach is one of scientific connoisseurship, material culture studies and new art history that includes the social and cultural context. Ultimately, the research will provide justification for saving and preserving the Spode copper plate archive.
'Believe me, I remain...': Meaning and Materiality in the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery
As a museum curator turned researcher, I am interested in the histories and uses of art museum collections, with particular respect to decorative art and craft. My PhD research considers the changing values, status and meaning of 'everyday' objects within the art museum, through an investigation of the Mary Greg Collections at Manchester Art Gallery.
Archaeology: Site, Object, Context; Interpreting A Collection. A study of the ceramic work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)
The previously unrecorded work of Robert Louis Blatherwick occupies an empty space, representing a gap in the recording of twentieth century ceramic history. The body of work produced deserves attention.
Exploring Photographic Archival Intervention Within the Edward Chambre-Hardman Portraiture Collection 1923-1966
Edward Chambré-Hardman was a Liverpool based commercial portrait photographer, practicing between 1923 to 1966. He left behind a vast collection of photographic work including portraiture, landscape and cityscape works which are now stored within the Central Liverpool Library.
How might artistic practice function as trace within the archive?
My study is one concerned with the elements which make up the archival records of a performative, temporal practice. Using the theory of trace, as defined by Paul Ricoeur, I explore the shifting and fleeting nature of the artefacts produced through my work.
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