Paul Mcallister

Paul Mcallister

Course Leader BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics

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.

Currently working in Collaboration with International Colleagues on a series of exhibitions of 3D Printed Ceramics 'Ceramic Commons'  -

Exchibitions are currently planned for 2019/20 at the University of Wolverhampton and The Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, UK.

Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

MA Ceramics

PGCE post compulsory Education

  • Controlled Unpredictability – Ceramics Monthly (USA), December 2016
  • ‘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.
  • I am currently Link Tutor for the Foundation degree in Art and Design at one of our partner colleges - South and City College, Birmingham
  • I am External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Ceramics, Gulf College, Oman