Dr Cate Watkinson


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Senior Lecturer in Architectural Glass

I have over 25 years’ experience as an architectural glass artist, designing and fabricating architectural glass to commission for a wide variety of applications. During this period I have been instrumental in developing the potential of glass in the public realm. My projects range from decorative glass panels for public and private buildings to street furniture and sculptural public art pieces.

Through commission experience, I have built up a wide range of innovative techniques and gained significant knowledge and experience working with glass on a large scale in the public realm, not only in aesthetic terms but also in the design of structure and durability of materials used. Since 2006 I have held the post of Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer in Architectural Glass at the University of Sunderland.

Teaching and supervision

I am MA Glass and Ceramics Programme Leader as well as teaching architectural glass and professional practice on BA (Hons) Artist, Designer Maker: Glass and Ceramics. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Director of Studies to PhD and MPhil students.


Research interests for potential research students

  • Architectural glass
  • Public art
  • Professional practice
  • Historical and contemporary stained glass

Research

My research interests are concerned with the design and fabrication of architectural glass artworks for the public realm. I am interested in the sustainability agenda, creating new works using recycled glass and the incorporating photovoltaic cells and LED lights.

Over the years I have built on my research experience, optimising the developments in new technologies including new developments and techniques in construction. I am interested in the exploration of practice-led research around several interrelated themes: light, environments and processes. This includes the relationships between glass and the environment and ways of placing glass within different settings.

Publications

Number of items: 51.

Article

Watkinson, Cate, Gasper, Giles and McLeish, Tom (2018) Medieval concepts of colour turned into glass artwork in new exhibition. The Independent Online.

Book Section

Livingstone, Andrew, Petrie, Kevin, Sarmiento, Jeffrey and Watkinson, Cate (2015) ‘Real World Student Experience at Masters level in Art and Design: Case Studies from Glass and Ceramics’. In: Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137399366

Watkinson, Cate (2012) Urban Landscape Furniture. In: Urban Landscape Furniture. Hi Design Publications, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-988-19707-0-1

Monograph

Watkinson, Cate (2015) Fellow of Higher Education Academy Claim. Documentation. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

Conference or Workshop Item

Watkinson, Cate (2018) ‘Illuminating Colour’ Grosseteste in Glass Part 1. In: Science Illumination and Wonder, 3-6 Apr 2018, Pembroke College Oxford. (Unpublished)

Watkinson, Cate (2017) Invited to chair session and speak as one of a panel of stained glass experts at the conference. In: ‘In glass thy story’: a symposium addressing over 70 years of innovation and iconography in the glass art of British and European churches and cathedrals., 8 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2018, Robinson College Cambridge. (Unpublished)

Watkinson, Cate (2015) Cate Watkinson: Contributions to the field of architectural glass. In: Glass Reflections: Glass in the Year of Light, 7-9th Sep 2015, Cambridge University, Murray Edwards College. (Unpublished)

Watkinson, Cate and Welford, Rachel (2014) The Ephemeral in Glass Artworks. In: GlassAC 2014 Glass Science in Art and Conservation, 10-12 Sep 2014, Durham University. (Unpublished)

Watkinson, Cate (2011) Innovations in Architectural Glass. In: Parallels and Connections, 5-6 April 2011, National Glass Centre Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Watkinson, Cate Architectural Glass in the UK and my own practice. In: American Glass Guild Annual Conference, 18-21 Jun 2015, Washington DC USA. (Unpublished)

Thesis

Watkinson, Cate (2013) The Changing Nature of Architectural Glass A narrative of one artist’s commissioned works realised between 1990 and 2012 in the North East of England. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

Artefact

Watkinson, Cate (2018) Stained glass window for St Mary's Parish Church, EWhickham, Gateshead. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2018) Colour Columns. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2016) 'Off the Grid' Silverlink Point. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2016) "off the grid" silverlink point. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Cutler, Vanessa (2016) 'Tall Trees' screen printed glass sculpture designed and made in collaboration with Dr Vanessa Cutler. [Artefact]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2015) "Helping hands" Sculpture. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2015) Brenda Bullock Memorial window St Mary's Church Holywell, Northumberland. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2015) 'Helping Hands' sculpture. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) ‘Warp and Weft’ commission Holy Trinity, Leeds City Centre. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2012) New Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial Stained Glass Windows. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2011) Total Policing Northumbria Police Head Quarters North Tyneside. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2011) Total Policing. A site-specific sculpture commission. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2010) Solar Cell Seating, St Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2009) Lady Chapel Windows, St Mary’s Parish Church, Whickham, Gateshead. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate and Cutler, Vanessa (2009) Public Seating, Baltic Butterfly Business Quarter Gateshead. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2008) Tower and Welcome Centre, Trinity Church Gosforth, Newcastle. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2008) Decorative Glazing Scheme, St Clare's Convent, Clay Cross Chesterfield. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2008) Glass and Steel Sculptural Piece. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2004) Memorial stained glass window. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2004) Look Out. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate (2002) Time To..., Lime Square, Newcastle Quayside. [Artefact]

Watkinson, Cate Glazing Scheme for St Paul's Church, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland. [Artefact]

Show/Exhibition

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin (2018) Embodied Light exhibition, JCR Art Gallery Pembroke College Oxford. [Show/Exhibition]

Rennie, Colin and Watkinson, Cate (2017) ‘Illuminating Colour’ exhibition with Colin Rennie at the main gallery of the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) The Changing Nature of Architectural Glass A narrative of one artist’s commissioned works realised between 1990 and 2012 in the North East of England. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) 'Glass and Clay' Exhibition Washington DC 2013. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) New Glass and Ceramic Art Pavilion. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) Developments in Architectural Glass-Photographs and design drawings of Cate Watkinson's architectural glass. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2013) Solar Cell Seating. A site-specific glass and technology work. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate and Winter, Joe (2012) 'A History of Light' A collaboration with Joe Winter. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2012) Ecclesiastical works from 2008-2012. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate and Cahill, Clinton (2012) Textile I & II, Curve with Steels. Three glass and steel sculptures. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2009) Artomatic Washington DC. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate (2005) Interior and Domestic settings created entirely in Glass. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate Glass 3. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate and Rennie, Colin 'Illuminating Colour'exhibition of glass art works. [Show/Exhibition]

Watkinson, Cate Showcase British Embassy, Dubai. [Show/Exhibition]

Other

Watkinson, Cate, Gasper, Giles and McLeish, Tom (2018) Medieval concepts of colour turned into glass artwork in new exhibition. The Conversation Trust.

Watkinson, Cate, Rennie, Colin and Gasper, Giles (2016) Through a Glass Darkly project Reading of texts at Seminars/workshops/demonstrations leading to production of experimental artworks. UNSPECIFIED.

Watkinson, Cate (2016) Invited as stained glass specialist and selection panel member for new window for the North Quire Aisle of Durham Cathedral. UNSPECIFIED.

This list was generated on Wed Apr 24 15:32:03 2019 BST.

Areas of expertise

  • Architectural glass in all its forms
  • Public art sculpture
  • Professional practice
  • Consultancy: historical and contemporary stained glass
  • Sustainability agenda

Further information

www.watkinsonglass.com

I am a member of several committees outside of the University including the Historic Churches Committee for Hexham and Newcastle Diocese. Currently I am technical advisor and panel member of a committee responsible for selecting and managing the process of creating a new window for Durham Cathedral.

Last updated 12 April 2019