Senior Lecturer in Design and Contextual Studies
Teaching and supervision
I am also involved in PhD co-supervision.
Research interests for potential research students
My main area of research has focused on UK ceramic history in terms of market demand, trade, and distribution. My MPhil research undertaken at Staffordshire University examined Anglo-American ceramic trade and was published as “Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins” Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880, City Museum and Art Gallery of Stoke-on-Trent, in 1997.
Other publications have included a chapter on ‘Comparative Studies in Anglo-American Ceramic Demand’ in Ceramics in America (ed. by Robert Hunter), Chipstone Foundation, University Press of New England, Hanover and London, Autumn 2008. I have lectured in Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and at a variety of UK conferences.
I lectured on ‘UK ceramic manufacturing strategy, marketing and design’ at the 22nd Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Symposium on ‘Mobility of Design’, Decorative Arts and Design, New York, April 2013. In addition, I lectured on ‘UK Ceramic Marketing in response to Globalization’ at The Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing (CHARM) Copenhagen, June 2013. I've spoken at the 'Design Culture: object, discipline and practice' conference organised by the University of Southern Denmark and the University of Brighton, held at the Design School Kolding, September 2014.
A chapter on ‘The Formation of American Ceramic Preferences’ appears in Ceramic Identification in Historical Archaeology: the View from California, 1822-1940, edited by Rebecca Allen, Julia Huddleston, Kimberly Wooten and Glenn Farris, Society for Historical Archaeology, Special Publication Series No.11, Rockville, MD, USA, 2014. Also, a chapter entitled ‘The UK marketing strategy in response to Globalization’, appears in Kevin Petrie and Andrew Livingstone (eds) The Ceramic Reader, Bloomsbury, published February 2017.
My most recent book is entitled Ceramics and Globalization, published by Bloomsbury Academic, May 2017.
Ewins, Neil (2020) Variations in American marketing practices of early nineteenth-century ceramic importers and dealers, reflecting culture and identity. Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, 12 (3). pp. 345-375. ISSN 1755-750X
Ewins, Neil (1992) Staffordshire Ceramic Trade with the United States: the role of the Merchants, Goddard, Burgess and Dale. Journal of Northern Ceramic Society, 9. pp. 153-163.
Ewins, Neil (2017) The UK marketing strategy in response to globalization c1990-2010. In: The Ceramic Reader. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472584427
Ewins, Neil (2015) Globalization and the UK Ceramic Industry (c1990-2010). In: Topographies of the Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry. Bucks New University and Bergen Academy of Art & Design. ISBN 9780992693114
Ewins, Neil (2013) Author’s comment. In: Ceramic Identification in Historical Archaeology: the View from California, 1822-1940. Society for Historical Archaeology, Rockville, MD, USA. ISBN 978-1-939531-07-0
Ewins, Neil (2013) 'The Formation of American Ceramic Preferences'. In: Ceramic Identification in Historical Archaeology: the View from California, 1822-1940. Society for Historical Archaeology, Rockville, MD, USA. ISBN 978-1-939531-07-0
Ewins, Neil (2013) The Formation of American Ceramic Preferences. In: Ceramic Identification in Historical Archaeology: the View from California, 1822-1940. Society for Historical Archaeology, USA, pp. 370-388.
Ewins, Neil (1998) A Picture of Midwest American Ceramic 'Taste': Staffrodshire Cermics for the St Louis Market. In: Wedgwood: Production for Elegance, Fashion and Taste. Wedgwood International Seminars (WIS), Toronto, Canada. ISBN 0-9680898-2-8
Ewins, Neil (1997) Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins. In: "Supplying the present wants of our Yankee cousins-": Staffordshire ceramics and the American market, 1775-1880. City Museum and Art Gallery of Stoke On Trent. ISBN 978-1874414193
Ewins, Neil (1996) Staffordshire Commercial Links with the United States and the Development of Customer Distribution c1800-1880. In: Josiah Wedgwood & the Potter's Arts. Diane Publishing Co.. ISBN 978-0756769154
Ewins, Neil Hidden Histories: the case of Elijah Lovejoy and the production of anti-slavery ceramics. In: Ceramics in America. University Press of New England. (In Press)
Conference or Workshop Item
Ewins, Neil (2020) Regionalism and authenticity in a globalized world: the case of English Ceramics. In: V&A/RCA History of Design Research Seminars, 10th February 2020, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London.
Ewins, Neil (2018) “Supplying the Present Wants of Our Yankee Cousins…”: Staffordshire Ceramics and the American Market 1775-1880. In: Transfer Collectors Club 2018 Annual Meeting, 18-21 Oct 2018, Rhode IslandProvidence,. (Submitted)
Ewins, Neil (2014) Globalization and the UK Ceramic Industry - in Typographies of the Obsolete. In: Typographies of the Obsolete, 15th June-21st June, Spode Factory, Stoke on trent. (Submitted)
Ewins, Neil (2014) Design and manufacturing futures: The UK Ceramic industry in a period of globalization (c1995-2010). In: Design Culture: Object, Discipline and Practice Conference, 18-19 Sep 2014, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding. (Submitted)
Ewins, Neil (2013) The UK Ceramic Marketing Strategy in response to globalization. In: 2013 Conference of Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing (CHARM), 30 May - 2 Jun 2013, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Ewins, Neil (2013) UK Ceramic Manufacturing strategies, marketing and design in response to globalization c1990-2010. In: Design and Mobility: The Twenty-Second Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design, 22 -23 Apr 2013, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York. (Submitted)
Ewins, Neil (2009) The Impact of Far Eastern Manufacturing on UK ceramic design: its industry and ceramic consumption (c1990-2010). In: Parallels and Connections: A Ceramics and Glass Research Student Conference, National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
Ewins, Neil (2017) Ceramics and Globalization: Staffordshire Ceramics, Made in China. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781474289917
Ewins, Neil (2008) Comparative Studies in Anglo-American ceramic demand. Ceramics in America . University Press of New England, Hanover and London, USA. ISBN 9780976734420
Ewins, Neil (2017) Globalization and the UK Ceramic Industry [Research Portfolio]. Two book chapters and a monograph.
- The culture of ceramics
- Design for export markets