Kate Haywood

MA helps artist Kate develop a deeper understanding of her work in ceramics.

Kate Haywood


​Artist Kate Haywood has exhibited her work as far afield as China, Italy and Slovenia, as well as holding residencies and professional roles in London and Yorkshire, before relocating to Cardiff to begin an MA in Ceramics​ at the Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD). 

Kate moved to Cardiff based on the strength of recommendation of the MA course from other artists in her field, as well as CSAD’s impressive and prestigious alumni. 

Speaking about the appeal of the course, Kate said: “As well as its highly regarded  reputation, the main appeal of the course was the absence of any particular in-house style, which many of the MA courses adopt. My work isn’t easily categorised and so it was important to select an MA Programme which would be support this aspect of my practice and the diversity of the course’s successful and prominent alumni are testament to this approach.”

A graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where she studied BA (Hons) Jewellery Design and Camberwell College of Arts, where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics, Kate had held a number of posts as an Artist in Residence in Yorkshire and as a  Ceramics Technician in London before enrolling on the MA in Ceramics at Cardiff Met. In 2009, she was awarded the coveted Gold Medal in memory of Eleuterio Ignazi, in the International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Italy. 

Her work, which is primarily concerned with aspects of ritual, body and place and uses textiles and metal alongside ceramics to create arrangements of works, often referencing  objects of adornment and ceremony - which Kate describes as a ‘visual haiku' - has been  exhibited at a number of national and international conferences and biannual events. 

During her MA at Cardiff Met, for which she was awarded a Fenton Arts Trust Scholarship, Kate developed her work further, exploring ways in which poetic structures function visually by balancing and manipulating material qualities and connotations and creating a space for  viewers to enter into a dialogue with her pieces.

Kate said: “As well as being encouraged to question my own practice at a deeper level, the  course offered fantastic professional support, not only from internationally recognised  lecturers like Pete Castle and Claire Curneen, but also from the ceramic department’s  excellent technical staff who helped me to develop my material knowledge and processes.” 

Kate’s career in ceramics has continued apace since graduating, securing a competitive  graduate residency place at the established Fireworks Clay Studios in Cardiff, which  celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2016. Following her year-long residency there, Kate will  take up a further year-long residency with the CSAD graduate Incubation Space, which  helps to prepare graduates for professional practice via business support and mentoring.  Kate is also due to exhibit in Craft in the Bay in Cardiff from 2016 onwards and has been  nominated for a number of bursaries and awards. 

She hopes to continue to be based in Cardiff and travel to Japan and Scandinavia with her work in the future.


Under the Spotlight:​

2001: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design. 

2001 - 2004: Studio Jeweller, Greenwich, London. 

2004 - 2006: Assistant, Shozo Michikawa, Cumbria

2007: Camberwell College of Arts, London BA (Hons) Ceramics ​

2008 - 2010: Artist in Residence, Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire

2010 - 2011: Artist in Residence, Huddersfield University 

2011 - 2012:  East Street Arts Studio Holder, Leeds 

2010 - 2012: Ceramics Technician, Camberwell College of Art

2014 - 2015: Fireworks Studios residency, Cardiff 

​​2015 - 2016: Incubation Space residency, Cardiff Met