Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Glass and Ceramics
I have been working with glass and ceramics for over 20 years. After graduating from my first degree, I worked in the glass industry for nine years, returning to clay and ceramics at the University of Sunderland 14 years ago.
I completed a Master of Arts with distinction in 2005. In 2007, I began establishing partnerships between the University of Sunderland and various Fair-Trade organisations. I have delivered workshops and undertaken University supported consultancies in India and Peru. I am regularly consulted by Potteries in Vietnam and Africa.
Teaching and supervision
I am Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in BA (Hons) Artist Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics, as well as Senior lecturer on MA Glass and Ceramics. I have taught ceramics and glass to students at all levels and have delivered workshops to the public in a diverse range of learning environments.
My research and interests include teaching, community work, design/technical consultancy and creative ceramic practice.
I also work from my own studio, making thrown and sculptural porcelain. My work is centred on thrown porcelain which is often printed with enamels and decals.
Conference or Workshop Item
Winter, Robert (2012) Developing World Pottery (Vietnam) 2012. In: Deveoping World Pottery (Vietnam), August 2012, Vietnam. (Unpublished)
Winter, Robert (2011) Lima and Chullucanas. In: Developing World Pottery (Peru), 9 - 20 Apr 2011, Peru. (Unpublished)
Winter, Robert (2008) Developing World Pottery(India). In: Developing World Pottery, 2 Nov – 6 Dec 2008, Pondicherry, India.
Winter, Robert (2012) Clay Diaries. [Artefact]
Winter, Robert (2014) Double Double Vision. 1 Mar 2104, National Glass Centre.
Winter, Robert (2013) 2013 International Glass & Ceramic Art Exhibition Shanghai April 18th, 2013~ April 22th, 2013. 2013 International Glass & Ceramic Art Exhibition, 18 - 22 Apr 2013, Shanghai.
Winter, Robert Glass and Clay 2013, Washington DC USA. Glass and Clay 2013, 1 Mar – 22 Mar 2013, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC USA.
Winter, Robert Personal Ceramic Practice informed by indigenous pottery production. Clay Diaries, 2012 and 2013, The Gallery Square Circle, Auroville, South India.
- Ceramic production and firing
- Design, production and consultancy: industry
- Technical consultant: museums
- Project manager and co-ordinator: participatory arts
Over the last eight years, I have been working with ceramics and glass producers in parts of the developing world, including Asia and South America. In partnership with fair trade and industry organisations both in the UK and abroad, I have shared my design and technical expertise with producers in India, Peru, Bolivia and Vietnam. I have visited India and Peru on a number of occasions to oversee design and technical developments and to deliver workshops covering many aspects of ceramic production and sales.