Ceramic Collection and Archive, Aberystwyth University

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The ceramic collection was started in the early twentieth century and revived in the 1970s. The gallery houses a seminal collection of studio pottery. A touchscreen in the gallery provides a comprehensive database on the 1600 items in the permanent collection. The Ceramic Archive supports the Collection with biographical files, collections of UK and foreign journals, audio tapes, sales catalogues, and records of the Craft Potters Association. A bulletin is published annually with details of acquistions, research projects and archive news. The collection is the basis for changing gallery exhibitions, touring exhibitions, education and outreach work.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Gallery

Opening hours

Ceramic Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Mon - Sat 10.00-20.00
Sun 12.00-17.30
Ceramic Archive, School of Art, Aberystwyth
e-mail or post contact. Visits by prior arrangement

Closed: 25th December - 2nd January

Admission charges


Additional info

The Gallery is housed in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre which offers other exhibtions and events as well as a wide range of facilities - see Aberystwyth Arts Centre entry in '24 Hour Museum'
The Ceramic Archive is housed in the School of Art Aberystwyth. Contact by post to School of Art, Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth SY23 1 NE or e-mail to ceramic-archive@aber.ac.uk. Visits are only by prior arrangement

The studio pottery collection includes work by early makers such as Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, Michael Cardew, Katherine Pleydell Bouverie and Lucie Rie and many others. More contemporary makers across the world are also represented and include Gordon Baldwin, Phil Rogers, Alison Britton, Elizabeth Fritsch, Clare Curneen,Jeroen Bechtold and Ken Matsuzaki. Three themed touring exhibtions with a handling collection are available for education. These are 'Taking Tea', 'Animal Fantasies' and 'Sensational Ceramics', which is particularly aimed at the visually impaired.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ceramics
  • Studio
  • Pottery
  • Archive
  • Touring
  • Education
  • Leach
  • Applied Art

Ceramic Collection and Archive, Aberystwyth University
School of Art
Buarth Mawr
SY23 1NG


Collection and Archive information


Collection and Archive information







Touring Exhibitions and Informal Learning


Archive Assistant



General enquiries

01970 622 192

Touring Exhibitions

01970 622 192


01970 622 192

Ceramic Collection and Archive

01970 622 192


General Enquiries

01970 622 461

Ceramic Collection and Archive

01970 622 461

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