Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader
MA Subject Tutor
Gayle is a practising artist, educator and researcher. Having exhibited nationally and internationally, Gayle has work in the permanent collections of the V&A, Musee de Vianne, Glazenhuis and Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others. Previously, Gayle has worked in the Gallery Education Department at the Crafts Council; she has also been an artist in residence at Bullseye Glass in the USA. Examples of her work can be found in many glass publications, most recently New Glass Review 36.
Previously, Gayle was a Senior Lecturer on the BA Hons Contemporary Craft course at Falmouth University and formerly an External Examiner at De Montfort University. She has a BA in 3D Design: Glass and an MA in Creative Practice.
Gayle has worked in a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years. Currently, she is engaged in collaborative research with Tavs Jorgensen, investigating Rapid Tooling for glass casting moulds combined with digital technologies. She is the co-author of papers presented at the GAS conference in Chicago 2014, ‘Making Futures’ conference in Plymouth, UK (2013), ‘Crafting the Future’, the 10th European Academy of Design (EAD), Gothenberg, Sweden (2013) and ‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’, research presentation at V&A, UK (2012). Gayle is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
MA Subject Tutor
Jason is a designer exploring the links between the crafted object and the possibilities afforded by 3D printing and other technologies. He has a degree in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics and an MA in Design from Central St Martins. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Ceramics Manufacture.
His work has been widely exhibited and is held in public and private collections internationally. He also undertakes architectural ceramic commissions. He is passionate about ceramic materials and strives, through the use of technology, to produce new forms and appropriate motifs for the 21st century.
Jason has taught at a range of levels. He teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in computer aided design. He also works in our Fab Lab.
Kim studied a BA (Hons) Visual Art and an MAFA, both specialising in ceramics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. She completed the first practice-led PhD in Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham in 2014.
Alongside teaching and research, Kim has developed her own practice in sculptural and installation-based ceramics that explore and comment on social issues in South Africa and the UK.
Kim has taught at UCA Farnham, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 318 Ceramics and Surrey Adult Learning. Kim has worked as a research associate at the University of Westminster as part of the Ceramics Research Centre – UK.
Kim contributes to teaching and learning across the 3D Design Crafts programme and delivers specialist teaching in Ceramics and Contextual Studies.
Rachel studied at Middlesex University where she achieved a BA (Hons) degree, specialising in Jewellery. She has since established her practice in Plymouth where she lives and works. Rachel has a product range of polyethene jewellery that is exhibited and sold in galleries throughout the UK.
Rachel returned to education at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University as a mature student where she achieved an MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products.
This period of study resulted in a more conceptual line of enquiry, investigating humanity’s predisposition for violence through a range of mixed media jewellery; this work is shown internationally.
Rachel has co-curated an exhibition that travelled to Munich for Schmuck, Plymouth, and then finally Vienna. Most recently she was co-creator and coordinator of the participatory performance project, JUNK: rubbish to gold, with Professor Jivan Astfalck and Laura Bradshaw-Heap.
Rachel teaches across the 3D Design Crafts programmes, with specialist teaching in Jewellery.
Workshop Coordinator – Glass
Lawrence completed his undergraduate studies at Plymouth College of Art and received his MA in Glass from the University of Wolverhampton. As an artist, he has exhibited widely across the UK and has been featured on the cover of Craft & Design Magazine.
His work is a reflection of his life; what he has seen and been influenced by. Lawrence enjoys the physical and technical challenge of working with hot glass. His designs include decorative, sculptural and functional work, all produced with characteristic high quality and individuality.
Lawrence supports students in glassmaking across the 3D Design Crafts programmes. He is a hot glass specialist.
Technical Demonstrator – Glass
Amy completed a BA Hons. in Applied Arts, glass and metals at Plymouth College of Art in 2005 and an MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland in 2006. Amy makes cast glass sculpture and jewellery, which begin as intricately carved waxes.
In 2016 Amy completed working on The Cold Truth, a commission for Effervescent and Children’s Charity Barnardo’s. This included creating moulds of 50 pairs of shoes, some cast in glass and some in ice, for an exhibition curated by young people.
Amy is involved extensively in the Plymouth art scene, including co-curating the Chrysalis exhibition for Flameworks at the Devonport Guildhall, being part of the Plymouth Art Weekender and being a Creative Director of Flameworks.
Amy supports students in working in glass across the 3D Design Crafts programmes and is a specialist in kiln-formed glass.
Technical Demonstrator – Ceramics
Dan is a BA graduate of Plymouth College of Art. He has been making Raku-fired ceramics since 1996. Dan’s wheel thrown and altered pieces are finished with a range of Raku glazing methods including highly polished slip resist Raku and traditional Raku crackle glazes. Dan sells his ceramics through galleries and craft fairs across the UK.
Dan draws his inspiration from classic Grecian forms, as well as oriental pottery traditions. Contrasting light and dark, with shiny, satin and matt, layering on slips and glazes to achieve varying degrees of crackle finish.
Dan supports students in ceramics across the 3D Design Crafts programmes.
Workshop Coordinator - Jewellery
Ana Simoes is a designer-jeweller who has a BA (Hons) in Jewellery from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design. She has taken part in collaborative exhibitions and has also exhibited solo in renowned jewellery shows and fairs in Europe and in the UK such as Schmuck, Legnica Jewellery Festival Silver, British Craft Trade Fair, Jewellery & Watch Birmingham, amongst others.
Currently, Ana works mainly with precious metals and gemstones and aims to merge traditional jewellery making techniques with a modern aesthetic. She is one of the designer-jewellers behind Muscari Jewellery, a contemporary fine jewellery brand where thought-provoking design and attention to the finest details are essential to the look and feel of the collections.
Ana supports students across the 3D Design Crafts programmes. She is a specialist in fine metal jewellery.
Workshop Co-ordinator – Ceramics
Maria studied ceramics at the Ceramics School of Nikaia, Athens and the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Greenwich.
Maria has been producing ceramics for over 20 years. In her creative practice, Maria investigates how personal experiences and memory are tied to a place and related to specific landscapes. Her research interests are in the development of socio-political narratives in contemporary ceramics and the use of digital technology in traditional crafts.
As part of the 3D Design Crafts team, she delivers workshops in a variety of model and mould making and surface pattern processes. She has been teaching ceramics and 3D design for over 15 years. Previously, she taught at Havering College, Barking College and Trinity School, London. Maria has also delivered family workshops at the Design Museum London and has taught pottery for Southwark Adult Education.
Noah studied BA (Hons) Fine Art (Sculpture) at Ravensbourne. He has studied Blacksmithing at Hereford College of Arts, holds City & Guilds and PGCE qualifications.
Subsequently he has engaged with a broad variety of activity including work in the building and construction industry, a technical aid project in Zimbabwe, shop design and fitting in Germany, and time spent as a metalwork consultant for Danny Lane Studios.
Noah was one of the founding members of Flameworks Creative Arts Facility, Plymouth’s longest standing Artists’ studios. He has consistently maintained his own practice, including Public Art commissions, and exhibits both indoor and outdoor work at venues such as The Sculpture Park in Surrey, Lion Street Gallery in Hay on Wye, and Imagine Gallery in Suffolk.
In education, Noah has worked as a Lecturer in 3D and Art History at Cornwall College, part-time Metals Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art and now full-time Technical Resource Manager for our Material Lab. Noah supports students across the 3D Design Crafts programme, as a large-scale metalwork specialist.
The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any
changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).