Kate Haywood MSDC


About Kate
Kate is an artist based in Fireworks Clay Studios, Cardiff. Her work explores the ways in which poetic structures can function visually, by balancing and manipulating material qualities and employing a ‘Thinking through Making’ approach. Kate has work in public and private collections including: Manchester Art Gallery, The Crafts Council, The International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy and KOCEF (Korea Ceramic Foundation)
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Often referencing aspects of ritual, ceremony and adornment, Kate Haywood’s work explores our relationship with objects and how they can allow us to form and trigger memories.

Material and process is combined to create a non-verbal dialogue. Visual clues are generated from specific combinations of colour, form and scale. Individual components evoke readings which are multi-layered and material qualities are intensified when viewed in relation to a range of contrasting physical traits.

Works are contradictory in nature, playful yet somber, tactile but austere, familiar and unfamiliar. Function is always suggested but never fully resolved. These ambiguities permit an open reading and allow Haywood to explore ways in which poetic structures can function visually.

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2013 - 2014 Cardiff School of Art, Wales. MA Ceramics

2004 - 2007 Camberwell College of Arts, London. BA (hons) Ceramics

1998 - 2001 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. BA (hons) Jewellery Design

Professional Experience

2018 - Fireworks Clay Studios Member, Cardiff, Wales

2017 National Glass Centre Residency, University of Sunderland

Crafts Council Hothouse Programme

2016 Project Network Residency, Guldagergaard, Denmark

Future Lights Residency, Staffordshire University

2014 - 2015 Fireworks Clay Studios Residency, Cardiff

2011 - 2012 East Street Arts Studio Holder, Leeds, West Yorkshire

2010 - 2012 Ceramics Technician, Camberwell College of Art, London

2010 - 2011 Artist in Residence, Huddersfield University, West Yorkshire

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

2007 - 2008 Ceramics Technician, City Lit, London

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Language of Clay, National Touring Exhibition, Wales

2018 Manchester Art Gallery, UK

2017 Hoard, York Art Gallery Project Space, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 A Language of Clay, New Brewery Art, UK

2019 Trading Station, Manchester Art Gallery, UK

Future Lights, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Rituals, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK

2018 Nexus: Meetings at the edge Touring Exhibition UK

Shaping the Future, International Touring Exhibition

2017 Ambiguous Implements, National Touring Exhibition, England, UK

Hothouse 2017: Spot the Talent, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Korea

Jewellery: Wearable Glass, National Glass Centre, UK

The Mission Gallery, Maker in Focus, Swansea, UK

2016 Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

Making in Colour, Ruthin Craft Centre, UK

One Year On, Llantarnam Grange, UK

Drawing Inspirations, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, UK

Lle Celf, The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny, UK

New Designers, One Year One, Business Design Centre, London

Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany

Made to Measure, Lotte Inch Gallery, York, UK

2015 British Ceramics Biennial Fresh Award, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

2014 Unfolding, Nantgarw China Works Museum, Cardiff, UK

2012 International Ceramic Triennial Unicum, Slovenia

2011 Young Artists of the Year, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, UK

2010 ICMEA Conference - Emerging Artists Competition, Fuping, China

Talente 2010, Munich, Germany

2009 6th International Biannual of Ceramics, Kapfenberg, Austria

5th Biennale of Ceramics El Vendrell, La Rambla, Spain

56th Premio Faenza, International Competition of contemporary

Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy

2008 International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics, Magnelli

Museum, Vallauris, France


2020 Arts Council of Wales Stabilisation Fund, ‘Trackways’

2019 The Kecskemét International Residency Award, Hungary

2016 Henry Rothschild Bursary (shortlisted)

Staffordshire University Future Lights Bursary

2015 Future Lights International Ceramics Competition

Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Bursary

2014 West Dean Textile Bursary

Axis MAstar Award

2013 Fenton Arts Trust Award Scholarship

2009 Gold Medal in Memory of Eleuterio Ignazi’ 56th Premio Faenza, International Competition of contemporary Ceramic Art, Italy


Ceramic Collection, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Crafts Council, England, UK

ICMEA Fuping, China

International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Italy

KOCEF Collection, Korea

The Ceramics Museum, Vallauris, France

Manchester Art Gallery, UK

National Glass Centre, UK

University of the Arts London, UK

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