Edward Austin


School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Ed has over ten years expertise in the tableware industry as a designer, working for large scale international manufacturers including Sarreguemines Vaisselle, Dudsons and currently Wedgwood. He has designed best-selling ranges for hotels and restaurants worldwide, with over 5 million products sold, including Hilton and Harvester. His current research explores the interactions of new technology with modes of studio ceramic methodologies through a process of experimental design.

Professional memberships and activities

  • FRSA, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Appreciation of the Arts

Academic qualifications

  • MA Ceramics & Glass, Royal College of Art, 2006 - 2008

  • Erasmus/Socrates International Exchange Student, Kuopion Muotoiluakatemia, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, January - June 2005

  • BA(hons) Ceramic Design, Staffordshire University, 2003 - 2006


All aspects of design for industrial production, CAD proficient in Rhino …. (list), plaster modelling, studio ceramics, industrial production methods for ceramics, 3D printing for ceramics.

Research interests

The intersection of craft knowledge with the digital tool, with a focus upon ceramic printing and other modes of digital fabrication. Collaborative research with Chris Wayman and Neil Brownsword.


Course Leader MA Ceramic Design, BA (Hons) 3D Designer Maker


2019 – Externalising the Archive, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
2020 – Spode Museum Trust 250th Anniversary Exhibition, Stoke-on-Trent

Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020