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AHRC-funded PhD Studentships in Arts and Design - Applied Arts and Crafts subject areas

Applications are welcome in all areas of Applied Arts and Crafts subject area, but we are particularly able to support PhD studentship proposals in the following areas:

Glass and Ceramics

The successful candidate will join a unique Glass and Ceramics department, which is the largest in Europe and based in the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. We have world-leading and internationally significant practice-led research outputs in glass and ceramics and a lively cohort of c30 PhD students from the UK and abroad. We welcome glass and/or ceramic research proposals in practice and/or theory. Our supervisors are very experienced and all leading professionals in the field. The department works comfortably across a span of fine art, crafts, design, material technology, and historical research. We offer excellent facilities for glass and ceramics and you will work in a supportive creative community and be encouraged to become nationally, even internationally, networked during your time on the course.

Research in Glass at the University of Sunderland is largely concentrated within the Institute for International Research in Glass. This research involves the creation of new artworks in glass, techniques and approaches to creative glass making, models of practice in terms of methods and content for glass, and contextual and historical information on glass. The establishment of residencies, master classes and workshops, and curation of exhibitions accompanied by publications also form important strands of IIRG’s agenda. To support this we have impressive research facilities based in the University of Sunderland's Glass and Ceramics Department's studios at the National Glass Centre.

In 2011 the Ceramics Arts Research Centre University of Sunderland (CARCuos) was launched to support the development of ceramics research alongside IIRG. The two centres host research students from around the world studying PhDs and MPhil degrees.

Our PhD graduates include:

Dr Rosette Gault http://www.rosettestudio.net
Dr Hyosun Kim http://www.carcuos.wordpress.com
Prof Vanessa Cutler http://www.vanessacutler.co.uk
Dr Kathryn Wightman http://www.kathrynwightmanglass.com
Dr Margareth Troli http://www.margarethtroli.com
Dr Nick Renshaw http://www.nickrenshaw.com.

Current PhDs include:

Archiving the everyday: an examination of culture through self-data and artistic ceramic practice, Thomas Stollar
From lost wax to virtual models, an exploration of kiln formed glass practices and technologies in 21st Century, Angela Thwaites
Looking through glass: The manipulation of light through digital design and manufacture in studio glass practice. Erin DicksonPressed glass in studio practice: Proliferating sculptural methods of pressurized molten glass forming. Mark Hursty
Generative Objects: Integrating embodied experience and cultural memory through glass and ceramic. Claire Todd

Our very experienced research supervisors include:

Professor Kevin Petrie

Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento

Dr Cate Watkinson

Professor Andrew Livingstone

Professor Mike Collier

Colin Rennie


Prospective students can informally discuss research proposals in advance of application with: Professor Andrew Livingstone, Tel: 0191 515 3241. Email andrew.livingstone@sunderland.ac.uk