Carol Mayer holds a PhD from the University of Leicester and is the founding president of the North West Ceramics Foundation. She heads the curatorial department of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, where she is responsible for an international collection of more than 3000 ceramics. She has lectured extensively in Canada and abroad on issues relating to ceramics, museums and ethnography.
Her reviews, catalogue essays and critical writings have been published widely, and she has organized and curated numerous exhibitions and published widely about ceramics, most recently (2017) “Don Hutchinson: The Artful Potter” and “The Space In Between: The Contemporary works of Sally Michener & Tam Irving.” Carol has served on the Board of the Potters’ Guild and is an advocate for BC ceramics both nationally and internationally. She is currently working on an exhibition about BC ceramics, due to open at MOA, November 21st, 2019.
Areas of expertise
Dr. Carol E. Mayer is Head of the Curatorial, Interpretation and Design department at MOA, with particular responsibility for the Pacific collections, and the European and Canadian ceramics collections. Regional interests include Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand and British Columbia.
Carol’s research focuses on the complex intersections between museum collections, contemporary art practices and different knowledge systems, intellectual and intangible property rights and the exploration of the potency of objects. Carol is working on a forthcoming publication about the Museum’s Pacific collection.