Ceramics

Creative, independent thought and the ability to apply it to varied situations is the trait we seek to engender in each of our pupils.

 It is important to have a creative discipline in a rounded educational programme and Ceramics offers an excellent opportunity for the expression of creative ideas and the development of the necessary skills and techniques required for their realisation.

Ceramics encourages flexibility of thought response and engenders the development of analytical and aesthetic judgement.  It allows for personal expression, teaches self-discipline and provides an opportunity for a healthy alignment between intellectual and feeling processes, encouraging the development of personal value, confidence and self-esteem. Within its base, in both the creative and technological areas it can appeal to artistic pupils and also to those more scientifically orientated.

The study of Ceramics encourages historical appreciation and an awareness of culture and belief in successive civilisations.  This widens cultural horizons and enriches the individual’s personal resources to respond to change within themselves and the outside world.

At Mayfield we strive to ensure that all those who study the subject achieve their potential in a relaxed yet industrious atmosphere. We feel it is very important to provide a non-competitive environment where pupils can thrive and be creative, each according to their abilities. 

Our superbly equipped pottery studio, said to be amongst the best in the country, has extensive facilities for research, experimentation and practical work, enabling students to achieve outstanding examination results.

An Artist in Residence building provides a place of work for an emerging artist from university or apprenticeship. This provides an environment for the artist to develop their own work, inspiring and teaching girls and adults from the School and local community.

Visits to various museums and galleries enrich the girls’ experience.   A residential Raku trip to Portugal for Sixth Form pupils takes place each year. Potter’s Day comprising lectures, slide shows and a practical demonstration by an invited ceramics artist of national and international standing in an annual highlight.

Mayfield is very proud to offer the Cambridge Pre-U qualification for Sixth Form girls.

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide GCSE Awards 2015 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide GCSE Awards 2013 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide AS Awards 2013 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide A Level  Awards 2013 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide GCSE Awards 2012 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide GCSE Awards 2011 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide GCSE Awards 2007 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide A Level Awards 2005 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School

·Winner: The Good Schools Guide AS Level Awards 2005 - Best Results Achieved by Girls Taking Art & Design (3d Studies) at an English Independent School