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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Kim Charnley
Senior Lecturer and MA Programme Leader
Kim Charnley is the Programme Leader of the Masters provision at Plymouth College of Art, overseeing the Graduate School Interdisciplinary Programme, a forum for practice-based research in art, media and design that is attended by all MA students at the college.
Kim completed his PhD in Art History and Philosophy at the University of Essex. He is a theorist who writes about a wide range of subjects related to contemporary art, photography, film and craft.
He is particularly interested in the way that communities, collectives and networks have become more visible across creative disciplines over the last two decades. This focus involves investigation of the politics and economics of contemporary creativity, especially of art activism and its histories.
Kim has edited and provided an introduction for Delirium and Resistance (Pluto Press), a collection of essays by the noted artist, critic and activist Gregory Sholette. He is working on a book entitled Sociopolitical Aesthetics for the Radical Art/ Radical Aesthetic series published by Bloomsbury Press.
Dr Stephen Felmingham
Senior Lecturer, Academic Partnership and MA Subject Tutor
Stephen Felmingham is an artist and educator and has lectured extensively in drawing, painting, print and contemporary art practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the UK, including University College Falmouth, Norwich University College of the Arts and Leeds College of Art. He studied at Middlesex University and the University of the Arts London (Wimbledon) where he completed an MA in Drawing in 1999.
He was nominated a member of the LAND2 Research Network in 2009, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the same year and was a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize, New York, in 2010. He speaks regularly both on drawing and art and design pedagogy and his work is represented in collections nationally and internationally and he has exhibited widely in the UK and in Europe.
Stephen exhibited The Violet Club in The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art in 2014, a body of work made in response to the Cold War bunkers of the Royal Observer Corps that still exist, abandoned, across the UK.
Natalia Eernstman is an artist, educator and researcher, specialising in (community) learning through artful and performative means. She is a senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning and runs (research) projects in the field of creative education, community-engaged art practice and environmental art. She works in communities and with universities often in the field of climate change and bridging (social) science and arts practice.
With over 10 years of experience Natalia is a skilled facilitator, and has run large site-specific arts events. She holds a PhD from UAL / Falmouth University.
As senior lecturer on the MA Creative Education: Making Learning here at Plymouth College of Art, Natalia runs all four modules that are part of the course, and engages in research practice related to education and creative learning. She is also involved in organising and running of the biennial symposium Making Learning.
Current collaborations are with the University of Gothenburg and Wageningen University in a collaborative project ‘Imaginative Disruption.’
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).