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University of Wales Aberystwyth Ceramic archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 CERAMIC

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: University of Wales Aberystwyth Ceramic Archive

Short Title: University of Wales Aberystwyth Ceramic archive

Creation date(s): 1930-2000

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.079 cubic metres (119 boxes and 1 folder)

Name of creator(s): The University of Wales ceramic archive


Administrative/Biographical history: The Craft Potters Association archive was initiated in the early 1970s by Robert Fournier, a CPA member, with the aim of collecting documents which would maintain a record of the origins, organisation, activities and development of the Association. By 1988, the CPA archive had grown into a substantial body of material which needed a more permanent and larger location, and its holdings were offered and accepted by the University of Wales Ceramic Archive, based at the School of Art, Aberystwyth. The archive contains material showing how the Craft Potters Association was formed between 1956 and 1957 with the help of the Rural Industries Bureau. In 1958, the Association was registered as a Provident Society and as such was, and is, still organised and run by its members. The Minutes of Council and Annual General Meetings are included from the 1950s to the present time. There is also material showing the range of CPA activities, the most important being exhibition and educational documents. Also included are details of exhibitions held at the CPA shop, London, since 1960 and at other larger venues. Price lists and correspondence relating to solo and group exhibitions are also to be found, together with documents and correspondence concerning the selection process for membership of the CPA. Financial records and accounts are also included. Material relating to educational activities includes information sheets on individual potters talks, workshops, potters camps, festivals and film festivals. There is a wealth of material which documents the organisation of these events by CPA members. The CPA papers also provide a unique record of the development and evolution of the Association. Other material relating to a wider field of ceramics production and activities was also collected: journals and magazines; publicity material for exhibitions from museums, libraries, galleries, educational establishments and shops; publications from auction rooms; catalogues from pottery supplies; information about individual potters and potteries, miscellaneous cuttings and other relevant material. In addition photographs were collected, many of which relate to CPA events.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection listed in 1997 comprises: papers concerning the Craft Potters' Association: administative records, 1956-1986, events, 1958-1995, exhibitions, 1957-1995, publications, 1957-1994, and miscellaneous papers. Craft Advisory Council: national organisation, 1953-1990, local and regional organisations, 1956-1997. Museums, libraries, public art galleries, art centres, etc., 1952-1996. Educational establishments, 1956-1996. Private shops and galleries, 1930-1996. Auctions, 1980-1996. Potters' suppliers, 1955-1994. Individual potters and potteries. Miscellaneous publications, c. 1970-1992. Non-United Kingdom material, 1964-1993, including papers relating to a large number of countries. Miscellaneous papers, 1957-1989. The collection listed in 2001 comprises: Craft Potters Association: administration, 1956-1995, and events, 1958-1997. Local and regional organisations - South Wales Potters: administration, 1964-2000, events and exhibitions, 1983-1992, and publications, 1968-2000. Potters' supplies. Later groups remain unlisted


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by deposit - 1997 and 2002 - in exactly the same order as listed in 'Scope and contents'.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogues are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can also be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the National Library per Dr Moira Vincentelli, School of Art,, Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth in May 1997 and November 2000. Other deposits have come to hand subsequently.


Related material: Photographs were also collected, many of which relate to CPA events. These have been transferred to the former Department of Pictures and Maps (199800201- 199800211). Audio Visual Aids received as part of the archive have been transferred to The Sound and Moving Image Collection (VM5674, CM6863, CM6864, FS-UWACA 1-10).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth Ceramic Archive.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2006

Ceramics | Great Britain
Pottery | Great Britain
University of Wales, Aberystwyth | Ceramic Archive | Archives

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South Wales Potters (Organization)
University of Wales, Aberystwyth | Ceramic Archive


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