My role at Bath Spa University is Head of the Department of Design and Critical Studies in the Bath School of Art and Design, where I have managerial responsibility for:
- BA (Hons) Graphic Communication
- BA (Hons) Photography
- MA Curatorial Practice
- MA Design: Fashion and Textiles
- MA Visual Communication
I also have managerial responsibility for research in the School of Art and Design.
I joined the University in September 2004 having previously worked at the University of Wolverhampton (2004) as Head of Learner Support and Equal Opportunities, and Staffordshire University (1989-2004), where I was course leader for the BA (Hons) History of Design and the Visual Arts degree and the MA History of Ceramics course.
- BA(Hons) North Staffordshire Polytechnic
- PhD Royal College of Art
- Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS)
- 2007-Royal Photographic Society (Associate)
- 2001-Contemporary Glass Association
- 1990- The Glass Association
- 1987- The Design History Society
- 2006- Design Research Society
- 2012 External Examiner (PhD), Aalto University, Finland
- 2011 External Examiner (MPhil), Southampton Solent University
- 2007-2010 External Examiner, BA (Hons) Illustration, AUC Bournemouth
- 2010-11 External Advisor, MA Design and Applied Art, University of Wolverhampton
- 2010 External Examiner (PhD), Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
- 2009 External Examiner (PhD), University of Wolverhampton
- 2007 External Examiner (Ph.D), University of West of England
- 2006- current External Advisor, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts
- 2006 External Examiner (Ph.D), University of Brighton
- 2006 External Examiner (Ph.D), Royal College of Art, London
- 1997-1999 Chief External Examiner, BA (Hons) Design, University of Brighton
- 1997- current External Examiner, MA Design and Cultural History, University of Central Lancashire
Other external roles
- 2011-Reviewer, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
- 2009- Reviewer, AHRC
- 2009- Reviewer, Design Research Society
- 2004-Editorial Advisory Board, Interpreting Ceramics
- 2002- Member, Editorial advisory team, Interpreting Ceramics (eJournal)
- 2001-Chair, Reginald Haggar Memorial Lecture Committee
- 2000- University of Northumberland (Ph.D Advisor)
- 1993 Limerick School of Art, Eire (advisor on History of Ceramics/crafts courses)
- 1996 Journal of Design History
- 1991-6 Keele University Press
- 1991 Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts
- 1984-1985 Brighton Musum and Art Gallery (Willett Collection)
- 1986 Reform Club, London
- 1986-7 Departments of Ceramics and Furniture, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- History of Art and Design specialising in:
- History of Art and Design Education.
- Ethics in Art and Design Practice.
Postgraduate supervisions to completion
- Ceramics and the Earls of Bradford 1762-1915: A case study of database analysis and its value to the ceramic historian.
2006 M.Phil, Staffordshire University
- The Impact of Screen Printing on the British Ceramics Industry 1946-2002: A case study of its implementation at Capper Ratauds Ltd
2006 Ph.D, Staffordshire University
- Archaeology of the Staffordshire Ceramics Industry
2005 Ph.D by Published Research
- Pots in Use. Ceramics, Behaviour and Change in the Early Modern Period, 1581-1700
- The Design Process in British Ceramic Manufacture 1750-1850,
1999 Ph.D, Staffordshire University
- An investigation and assessment of the influence of foreign artists at the Minton firm in the second half of the nineteenth century.
1995 Ph.D, Staffordshire University
Research and academic outputs
McLaren, G (2002) Studio glass, 1960-2000. Shire Publications Limited. ISBN 0-7478-0527X
McLaren, G (2001) Ceramics of the 1960s. Shire Publications Limited. ISBN 0-7478-0486-9
McLaren, G (2000) Toby and character jugs. Shire book . Shire, Princes Risborough. ISBN 0747804486
McLaren, G (1997) Ceramics of the 1950s. The shire book . Shire Publications, Buckinghamshire. ISBN 9780747803362
McLaren, G (2017) 'National identity and the problem of style in the post-war British ceramic industry.' In: Livingstone, A and Petrie, K, eds. The ceramics reader. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 466-474. ISBN 9781472584427
McLaren, G (2013) 'Buying, selling and collecting post-war glass.' In: Kent, O and Morris, S, eds. The incidental collector: Ken Stradling and the Ken Stradling Collection. The Ken Stradling Collection. ISBN 978-0992607500
McLaren, G (2006) 'Still a sure touchstone? The future of ceramic history within art and design education.' In: Clark, G, ed. Ceramic millennium : critical writings on ceramic history, theory and art. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, pp. 246-259. ISBN 9780919616455
McLaren, G (1999) 'Utility forgot : shaping the future of the British pottery industry 1941-1945.' In: Attfield, J, ed. Utility reassessed: the role of ethics in the practice of design. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 157-171. ISBN 0719058449
Moving forwards but looking backwards: the dynamics of design change in the early post-War pottery industry
McLaren, G (1997) 'Moving forwards but looking backwards: the dynamics of design change in the early post-War pottery industry.' In: Maguire, P and Woodham, J, eds. Design and cultural politics in post-war Britain : the Britain Can Make It exhibition of 1946. Leicester University Press, London. ISBN 0718500733
McLaren, G (1996) 'Shaping the future : the ceramics department and industry after the Second World War.' In: Frayling, C and Catterall, C, eds. Design of the times : one hundred years of the Royal College of Art. Richard Dennis, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, pp. 29-57. ISBN 0903685426
McLaren, G (1994) 'Maker of beauty: the work and legacy of Harry Trethowan.' In: nee Hughes, W, ed. Cream of Cornish writers. Domain Publishing, Lostwithiel. ISBN 9781899306008
McLaren, G (2013) 'Ethics, Education and the ‘Kitchen Table’ Potter.' Making Futures Journal, 2. pp. 183-190. ISSN 2042-1664
McLaren, G (2009) 'National identity and the problem of style in the post-war British ceramic industry.' Interpreting Ceramics (11). ISSN 1471-146X
McLaren, G (2003) 'Bernard Leach : one view.' Ceramics Art and Perception (53). pp. 102-105. ISSN 1035-1841
McLaren, G (1997) ''Cyber-clay': ceramics and the internet.' Outline (2). pp. 3-7. ISSN 1365-4349
McLaren, G (1996) 'Netting clay.' Ceramics Monthly, 44 (9). pp. 16-20.
McLaren, G (1994) 'Can a marriage be arranged? The decorative arts and the design historian.' SODAC Newsletter. pp. 10-12.
McLaren, G (1993) 'Facing the fax.' Writers' Monthly. pp. 34-35. ISSN 0266-5506
McLaren, G (1993) 'A special relationship - party policy : a curious tale of crafts and central government.' Crafts. pp. 40-43. ISSN 0306-610X
McLaren, G (1990) 'The 'Belhus Barometer', its owners and makers.' The Burlington Magazine, 132 (1047). pp. 407-409. ISSN 0007-6287
McLaren, G (1990) 'A complete potteress - the life and work of Dora Lunn.' The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society (13). pp. 33-38. ISSN 0260-9568
‘The ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age’: Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and a regional design heritage
McLaren, G and Rose, K (2017) ‘The ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age’: Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and a regional design heritage. In: BRIDGE: The Heritage of Connecting Places and Cultures, 6 -10 July 2017, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, UK.
McLaren, G (2013) John Bull Remade : craft as international propaganda tool in the early post-war period. In: Design History Society Annual Conference, 5 - 8 September 2013, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
McLaren, G (2012) Cities, Cell Phones and Challenging Photographic Hegemonies. In: Helsinki Photomedia 2012.
Manners, Morals and the Modern: Exporting Ideas and Publishing British Tiles in the Late Nineteenth Century
McLaren, G (2011) Manners, Morals and the Modern: Exporting Ideas and Publishing British Tiles in the Late Nineteenth Century. In: Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society Conference, Exporting Stoke and Beyond: Tiles and architectural ceramics in the world context, 12 Nov 2011, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
History Plain or History Decorated? The Battle for the Past in the 19th Century Staffordshire Pottery Industry
McLaren, G (2006) History Plain or History Decorated? The Battle for the Past in the 19th Century Staffordshire Pottery Industry. In: Design and Evolution' Design History Society Conference, 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2006, Delft.
McLaren, G (2003) Clay, stories and the global: the impact of the internet on clay education. In: NCECA Conference, March 2003, San Diego, CA.
McLaren, G (2000) The global influence and impact of British studio ceramics. In: International Ceramic Highway Conference, September 2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
McLaren, G (1997) Reassessing the real: the internet and craft theory and practice. In: The Ideal and the Real in Design, 19 - 21 September 1997, University of Brighton, Brighton.
McLaren, G (1996) Netting clay, oral history, ceramics and the internet. In: Telling tales with technology, Aberystwyth University.
McLaren, G (1995) Designing designers: British government policy and ceramic design education. In: Design, Industry and Government Initiatives: Past, Present and Future, 10 - 12 November 1995, Design History Research Centre at the University of Brighton.
Home hobby or professional vocation?: the struggle for the future in the Victorian china painting community
McLaren, G (1995) Home hobby or professional vocation?: the struggle for the future in the Victorian china painting community. In: Association of Art Historians 21st Annual Conference: objects, histories and interpretations, 7 - 9 April 1995, Victoria and Albert Museum.
McLaren, G (1994) Ceramic history: the potential for research. In: National Association for Ceramics in Higher Education Conference, March 1994, Belfast.
McLaren, G (1992) Industry and the individual. In: Trading with Design (Design History Society Annual Conference), 11 - 13 December 1992, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.
McLaren, G (2011) BathByMobile. In: BathByMobile, Stuff Bath, Milsom Street, 7 - 11 November 2011. [Exhibition]