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Dr Natasha Mayo FHEA

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Specialist Subject Areas

Ceramics: Studio and Theory: Figurative Sculpture
Drawing: Collaborative Practices: Conversational Tool
Pedagogy: Creative Strategies / Film as a Pedagogical Tool / The Role of Drawing in the Development of Ideas / The Social Potentials Of Creative Thinking / Parental Narratives: parenting as a research methodology in the development of ‘a new domestic culture’.


PhD: An Investigation into the Potential of Ceramics to Expressively Render Flesh and Skin on the Human Form
MA: Ceramics
BA: Fine Art Painting


Dr Natasha Mayo is a practitioner and researcher in the discipline of ceramics, freelance writer and since 2004 Senior lecturer at the National Centre for Ceramics Studies in Wales, Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Mayo is a figurative ceramicist and has exhibited internationally with work in both private and public collections. She was instrumental in establishing the peer reviewed Zelli Porcelain Prize and was awarded the first prize in 2002. In 2003 she was the editor of Issue 56 of Ceramics in Society on the subject of contemporary figurative ceramics and is currently reviews editor of Interpreting Ceramics (on-line peer reviewed journal). She co-convened the Fragmented Figure conference and adjoining exhibition in 2005 and subsequently devised and created an associated scholarly website.

In 2008 she received the ‘Innovations in Teaching’ award from the Higher education Academy and the JORUM prize for her use of film as a pedagogical tool. The methodologies employed were later extended through a number of collaborative initiatives including SIPS (strategic insight Project Scheme) to evidence creative strategies of professional artists attending the international residency ‘Porcelain Another Way’ Poland, and the study of ethnography in the practice of artists involved in Placement: Ceramics Connections exhibition and associated symposium.

In 2010 she jointly received Gwella funding along with Ingrid Murphy to house and develop those expanding resources in an interactive VLE and co-developed additional resources for each of the key bodies of knowledge taught onto the ceramics programme at CSAD. She presented findings from this body of research both nationally and internationally including SCAD (Savanna College of Art) and E-Learning (Canada). Her paper ‘Drawing into Practice’ identifying correlations between creative thinking through drawing and the mechanisms of virtual learning environments is published by Intellect Books (2012). Her drawing practice also featured in ‘Drawing and Making’ Bloomsbury (2012).

A recipient of HEA Fellowship status, Mayo was awarded HEA funding to co-convene the seminar and associated exhibition ‘Drawing In between: Interdisciplinary Learning Through Drawing’ a field study into the potential of drawing as a fundamental tool in visualizing knowledge (2013). The method of ‘Drawing in Conversation’ employed at the event was further extended through collaborative workshops with Chris Glynn at the V&A. The potential of drawing as a conversational and problem-solving tool was most recently examined during a SIPS placement entitled the: Social Potentials of Creative Thinking a collaboration with Valley and Vale Community Arts.

In arts practice, Mayo continues to examine the figure, exploring the surface of the body as a milieu, a place onto which we project identities, societal, gendered and cultural thoughts and feelings. Exhibiting internationally as part of the NCECA exhibition route (2011), receiving the Cardiff Arts Open prize (2013) and as part of a touring exhibition with the co operative clay studio ‘Fireworks’ (2013/14).

Current research

Current research involves examination into the potential role of parenting or family as a research methodology, a perspective from which to share common histories, personal, cultural and social narratives. This includes:

1) Exhibiting as part of ‘Parental Body’ a cultural exchange between France and Wales, exhibiting 
works by contemporary artists who explore parenting and the female body in direct contact with artifacts and works from the collection
of the Museum of Art and Archaeology of Périgord (MAAP), Périgueux, the Museum of Wales, Museum of Welsh Life: St Fagins, Ceredigion Museum and Carmarthenshire County Museum. A paper submitted as part of the ‘Ceramics in the Expanded Field’ Conference, University of Westminster, 2014 (link).
2) Devising and curating ‘Parental Conversations’ a project engaging artist/parents in collaboration and conversation with their child through the activity of drawing. This project aims to re-identify the significance of ‘living research’ the sharing and passing down of knowledge’s through ‘conversation’ within the contemporary family dynamic. Artists from Wales, Puerto Rico, Russia to Katmandu have submitted proposals for how they intend to create the space and dynamic movement necessary to encourage the sharing of personal, cultural and social narratives with their children through drawing. A paper soon to be delivered as part of the ‘Thinking Through Berger’ Conference, Cardiff Met 2014.

Principal publications and/or exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions:
(2013) Making the Creative Process Visible, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke on
(2013) Cardiff Open, Cardiff Collective, High Street Arcade
(2013) Fireworks: Now, Touring Exhibition, Craft in the Bay
(2013) Parental Body, a cultural exchange between France and Wales, exhibiting
works by contemporary artists who explore parenting and the female body in direct contact with artifacts and works from the collection of the Museum of Art and Archaeology of Périgord (MAAP) and Périgueux works Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
(2012) Beyond Borders, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, USA
Publications Featuring Work
(2012) Drawing and Making, by Kyra Cane, A&C Black
(2012) Drawing into Practice, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 11 Issue 1
(2010) Mayo, N. 2010. Making the Creative Process Visible, Savannah College of Arts and Design E-Learning resources

Workshops and Events:
(2013) Five day Drawing workshops ‘Social Potentials of Drawing’ a collaboration with Valley and Vale Community Arts at Betws Primary School, Bridgend
(2013) Drawing workshops “Drawing Conversations’ together with Chris Glynn, V & A, London as part of HEA seminar ‘Teaching and Practice’
(2013) Co-convened, Chaired and Presented work at ‘Drawing In-Between: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Drawing’ Seminar and Associated Exhibition, Cardiff Metropolitan University
(2012) Chaired Symposium ‘Placement: Ceramics Connections’ collaboration between Oriel Davies Gallery and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft
(2010) Round Table Workshop: ‘Teaching Material Arts Through Post-‐Material Means’ STLHE ‘Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing’ Toronto, Canada

(2013) SIPS funding to collaborate with Valley and Vale Community Arts exploring ‘Social Potentials of Drawing’
(2013) Seed Funding to employ ‘Cognition Training’ to film the ‘Social Potentials
of Drawing’ Workshops and Edit Resultant Footage
(2012) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
(2011) Arts International finding to secure a collaborative exhibition in Seattle, USA as part of NCECA Exhibition Circuit
(2011) Impact Exploitation Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University, to promote
National Centre for Ceramics VLE in Seattle USA as part of the NCECA Exhibition Circuit
(2010) SIPS funding to attend, write the catalogue and record further evidence of creative
thinking at the symposium ‘Porcelain Another Way’ Poland
(2010) Gallia award to devise Virtual Learning Environment for National Centre for Ceramics Wales,
(2009) HEA Innovations in Teaching Award for ‘Making the Creative Process Visible’
(2009) Jorum Prize For Open Access Resources Jorum Educational Resources
(2005) Arts Council Grant to support ‘Fragmented Figure’ Conference and Adjoining Exhibition Part of Cardiff Ceramics Research Group
(2000) AHRC Creative Arts grant for Doctoral Qualification
(2002) Zelli Porcelain Prize, Marlebone, London
(1999) AHRC Creative Arts grant for Masters Qualification

Modules Taught

PhD External examiner:
2014 – Michael Roberts, School of Art at Aberystwyth University: Imagining the face an investigation into hyperrealist depictions of the human facial surface
PhD Internal examiner:
2013 – Gina Deininger, Cardiff Metropolitan University: Does state of being and Dynamic Movement Have a Relationship with Creativity

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