Dr Natasha Mayo

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Specialist Subject Areas

Ceramics: General Studio and Theory: Figurative Sculpture
Creative Strategies: Strategies in Idea Development/ Film as a Pedagogic Tool
Drawing: Role of Drawing in the Development of Ideas / Drawing as a Social Tool / Drama-Drawing


PhD: An Investigation into the Potential of Ceramics to Expressively Render Flesh and Skin on the Human Form
MA: Ceramics
BA: Fine Art Painting


Dr Natasha Mayo is a practitioner and researcher in the discipline of ceramics, freelance writer and since 2016 Programme Director of Ceramics at the National Centre for Ceramics Studies in Wales, Cardiff School of Art & Design. Her work examines the human form as milieu, a place onto which we project identities, societal, gendered and cultural thoughts and feelings. Moving between drawing and making, surface and form, her practice concerns harnessing choreography of multi modal thinking, the creative act completed/enlivened through viewer participation. Mayo was awarded HEA Fellowship status in 2012 and since 2010 part of the cooperative ‘Fireworks Clay Studios’. She is part of the CARIAD Research group.

Mayo’s research into ‘creative Thinking’ strategies received the ‘Innovations in Teaching’ award from the Higher education Academy and the JORUM prize for use of film as a pedagogical tool in 2008 and received international recognition at E-Learning in Art SCAD (Savanna College of Art) and STLHE ‘Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing’ (Toronto, Canada) 2010. The methodologies employed were later extended through a number of collaborative initiatives including SIPS (Strategic Insight Project Scheme) to evidence creative strategies of international artists attending the international residency ‘Porcelain Another Way’ Poland, and the study of ethnography in the practice of artists involved in ‘Placement: Ceramics Connections’ an Arts Council funded initiative exploring ceramic practice between Wales and Scotland. In 2010 she jointly received Gwella funding along with Ingrid Murphy to house and develop these expanding resources in an interactive VLE and co-developed additional resources for each of the key bodies of knowledge taught onto the ceramics programme at CSAD.

The most significant recognition of this body of research has been through adoption of both resources ‘Creative Strategies’ and ‘Eight Propositions: Visual Studies: Drawing’ into the structure and delivery of the new Contemporary Craft Masters Course, Hereford College of Art:

Identifying correlations between creative thinking, drawing and the mechanisms of virtual learning environments, led to publication and convening seminar and associated exhibition ‘Drawing In between: Interdisciplinary Learning Through Drawing’ exploring the potential of drawing as a fundamental tool in visualizing knowledge (2013) and extended through SIPS placement entitled the: Social Potentials of Creative Thinking’ a collaboration between Mayo and Valley and Vale Community Arts leading to the devising of ‘Drama Drawing’ a choreography of thought.

Examining ceramics position in expanded field of participatory arts continued in (2014) identifying opportunities for teaching/training students in dynamic ways that encourage civic awareness of shared issues and concerns through between the studio and community. This project was funded by Artworks Cymru and led to the publication “Civic Ceramics’ in the new Ceramics Reader (2017).

More recently the potential of ‘creative thinking’ has again returned to the studio specifically asking the question: If knowledge emerges through our interactions within the world and is therefore processual and contingent, can the versatility and dynamism of a ceramics curriculum offer a unique means by which to test and stretch neural plasticity effective for students with dyslexia? This research will be included in the publication Learning Disability and Visual Art: A Critical Enquiry (2019).

Current and recent research

‘Sensorial Anthropology’ extends the idea of ‘home’ as a site of creativity and family as a research methodology (see Parental Conversations). Commencing with collaboration with Photographer Toril Brancher and Musician Bethan Frieze, it maps the sensorial landscape of ‘Home’ exploring relationships between sensorial perception and creativity.

Principal publications and/or exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions:
(2016) Beyond Borders: MADE, Cardiff An interdisciplinary exhibition project raising awareness of Asylum leading to Symposium: FLUX: Art, Society and Responsibility an artist sharing event to trouble shoot social engagement (funded by Artworks Cymru)
(2015) Devised: Parental Conversations: Penarth Pavillion, Cardiff: an international project engaging artist/parents from Wales, Puerto Rico, Russia to Finland
(2013) Making the Creative Process Visible, British Ceramics Biennale, Stoke on Trent
(2013) Cardiff Open, Cardiff Collective, Cardiff
(2013) Fireworks: Now, Touring Exhibition, Craft in the Bay
(2013) Parental Body, a cultural exchange between France and Wales
(2012) Beyond Borders, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, USA

Publications featuring work:
(2017) Civic Ceramics, Ceramics Reader, Bloomsbury
(2017) Drawing Strategies: Ceramics Review
(2016) Drawing Inspiration: From child to adult to child for the ‘Drawing Inspirations’ Catalogue
(2015) The Sensorial Object: A Students Perspective, Wales Art Review
(2015) ‘Drawing Partnerships: Bentos Sketchbook’ published by TANT
(2015) Devised and Contributed ‘Sensorial Anthropology’ to ‘The Sensorial Object Catalogue’
(2012) Drawing and Making, by Kyra Cane, A&C Black
(2012) Drawing into Practice, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 11 Issue 1
(2010) Mayo, N. 2010. Making the Creative Process Visible, Savannah College of Arts and Design E-Learning resources

Workshops and Events:
(2017) ‘Civic Ceramics’ as part of the ‘Ceramics Reader’ Book Launch
(2017) Devised and Presented: The Great Welsh Throw Down Challenge 2017’ with Sean Gordon/Huw Raine/Mick Morgan / Duncan Ayscough / Harriet McCormick
(2016) Devised and Presented: Drawing Inspirations Symposium with Alex McErlain/Christie Brown/Alice Kettle/Richard Heeley leading to teaching resource; https://vimeo.com/215800761
(2016) Devised: Beyond Borders. An interdisciplinary project raising awareness of Asylum by forging connections between the movement of land and the movement of land working with NMW Geologist Heather Jenkins/Story teller: Eric Ngalle Charles/ Story teller: Bevin Magama/Violinist: Bethan Frieze/Movement Artist Claire Louise Prosser/Ceramist Imogen Higgins/Illustrator Chris Glynn
(2016) A New Framework for Interpreting Ceramic Objects: a collaboration with the NMW as part of the ‘Fragile?’ Exhibition, a series of filmed events leading to a teaching resources: https://vimeopro.com/makingcreativityvisible/frameworks-for-interpreting-ceramic-objects
(2015) ‘The Sensorial Object’ An exhibition and associated workshops including ‘Sounding Objects’ leading to teaching resources: https://vimeo.com/127766791 and website: https://thesensorialobject.wordpress.com
(2014) ‘Bentos Sketchbook’ presented as part of the ‘Thinking Through Berger’ Conference, Cardiff Metropolitan University
(2014) Workshops devised to run alongside the conference employing ‘Bentos Sketchbook’ as methodology – exploring the correlation between drawing and thought. This led to the establishing of ‘Drawing Partnerships’ a collaboration between Mayo and Glynn aims to broker and support collaborative drawing projects across disciplines and bring people together from different walks of life.
(2013) Five day Drawing workshops ‘Social Potentials of Drawing’ a collaboration with Valley and Vale Community Arts at Betws Primary School, Bridgend
(2013) Drawing workshops “Drawing Conversations’ together with Chris Glynn, V & A, London as part of HEA seminar ‘Teaching and Practice’
(2013) Co-convened, Chaired and Presented work at ‘Drawing In-Between: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Drawing’ Seminar and Associated Exhibition, Cardiff Metropolitan University
(2012) Chaired Symposium ‘Placement: Ceramics Connections’ collaboration between Oriel Davies Gallery and Fife Contemporary Art & Craft
(2010) Round Table Workshop: ‘Teaching Material Arts Through Post-‐Material Means’ STLHE ‘Creative Teaching and Learning: Exploring, Shaping, Knowing’ Toronto, Canada

(2014) SIPS funding to collaborate with Artworks Cymru exploring ‘The Potential of Materiality in Participatory Settings’
(2013) SIPS funding to collaborate with Valley and Vale Community Arts exploring ‘Social Potentials of Drawing’
(2013) Seed Funding to employ ‘Cognition Training’ to film the ‘Social Potentials of Drawing’ Workshops and Edit Resultant Footage
(2012) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
(2011) Arts International funding to secure a collaborative exhibition in Seattle, USA as part of NCECA Exhibition Circuit
(2011) Impact Exploitation Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University, to promote National Centre for Ceramics VLE in Seattle USA as part of the NCECA Exhibition Circuit
(2010) SIPS funding to attend, write the catalogue and record further evidence of creative thinking at the symposium ‘Porcelain Another Way’ Poland
(2010) Gallia award to devise Virtual Learning Environment for National Centre for Ceramics Wales
(2009) HEA Innovations in Teaching Award for ‘Making the Creative Process Visible’
(2009) Jorum Prize For Open Access Resources Jorum Educational Resources
(2005) Arts Council Grant to support ‘Fragmented Figure’ Conference and Adjoining Exhibition Part of Cardiff Ceramics Research Group
(2000) AHRC Creative Arts grant for Doctoral Qualification
(2002) Zelli Porcelain Prize, Marlebone, London
(1999) AHRC Creative Arts grant for Masters Qualification