Wolverhampton School of Art

Mr Paul McAllister

Course Leader Glass and Ceramics

Paul McAllister
Email address: P.Mcallister@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 321505 Location: MK006 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Ceramics, 3D


I began my working life in the Jewellery quarter in Birmingham and subsequently went to Bournville College of Art, Derby University, and the University of Wales, Cardiff. I gained my PGCE (Post compulsory Education) from Nottingham Trent University.

I worked as a production thrower in a pottery in north Derbyshire and have worked as a Technician in Ceramics at the University of Derby and Loughborough College of Art (University). I began teaching ceramics skills on the foundation in Art Design course and Ceramic Technology (Glaze Chemistry) on the BA Ceramics at Loughborough whilst I was a part time technician and since completing my MA in Ceramics I have taught in Further and Higher Education, adult education, in Arts centres, secondary schools and with community groups. I ran an ‘open’ ceramics studio at Wysing Arts centre in Cambridgeshire where I taught on the NVQ in delivering Artwork development sessions and assisted the build of a Japanese wood firing ‘Anagama’ Kiln (cave/tunnel) and built a gas fired soda glaze kiln.

I have completed a number of residencies including 6 month residency at 'ArtworksMK' in Milton Keynes, at the 'International Ceramic Research Centre - Guldagergaard', Denmark, and Emmanuel College, Boston, USA.

Until recently, whilst teaching part time at Coventry University (foundation, undergraduate and Post graduate), I ran my own business making stoneware wheel thrown tableware from a workshop at Coventry Canal Warehouse and I have exhibited work for example in the UK, USA and Australia.

Research interests

Working full time as course leader of the BA Applied Arts at Wolverhampton University has given me an opportunity to take a step back from previous work and I am now attempting to refresh my own practice. I have diverse interests but see myself as being a maker informed by the history of Craft, Design and Art practice. However I have an interest in the use of developing technologies such as 3D printing and its relationship to established material practice and I remain open to the direction of travel that this enquiry will reveal.


  • ‘James and Tilla Waters: Enigmatic Tableware’ Ceramics, Ceramics Monthly (USA) February 2015,
  • ‘Tranquillity and Understatement: Young-jae Lee’ (Exhibition review), Ceramics Monthly (USA) September 2012,
  • ‘Glorious Failure’ – Studio Potter Magazine (USA) Summer/Fall 2011 vol 39 No.2,
  • Ceramics Technical (Australia) issue 23 November 2006: ‘Liquid Animation’ ISSN 13244175,
  • Ceramic Review issue 207 May/June 2004: ‘Stephen Parry – Perspective’ ISSN 0144-1825.

Further information

  • I am currently Link Tutor for the Foundation degree in art and Design at one of our partner colleges - Telford College of Art and Technology.