School of Material
Ceramics & Glass, 2011–
Charlotte Humphrey completed a degree in painting and printmaking at Bristol Polytechnic, but subsequently found the process of working as an artist too solitary. So she stopped short and became a sociologist, landing up eventually as professor of health care evaluation at King’s College London. However, despite her successful camouflage as a numerate and literate social scientist, she always continued to think like a painter, resisting the disciplinary privileging of words and numbers as currencies to understand the world and using three-dimensional and visual concepts wherever possible as tools and metaphors in her writing and teaching. In 2008, she decided it was time to step back towards where she’d started and explore again the expressive possibilities of working with materials, this time through learning to blow glass. She began doing weekend workshops and short courses and then spent two years studying hot glass techniques at Bournemouth & Poole College. As a research student in Ceramics & Glass at the RCA she is now drawing on all strands of her experience to investigate the possibilities of using glass as a medium for making documentary about ‘the everyday’.