About Polly

Based in the South West, Polly holds the academic titles of Associate Head of School - Enterprise, Associate Professor in Design and  Award leader for Designer Marker at the University of Plymouth. Through her roles she aims to share her knowledge, skills and passion for creating, particularly in her founding interest of clay, which as a creative practitioner she was initially interested in due to its temperamental form and flexibility.

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Creative Practitioner and Researcher

Polly works as a conduit between academia, researchers and the creative industries.
Outcomes include the development of live briefs, internal/external knowledge/research transfer, employability, enhancing opportunities for external organisations. 

Automation Academic Research Fellow with South West Creative Technology Network.

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is offering three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data.
https://swctn.org.uk/automation/fellows/polly-macpherson/

Associate Professor of Design at the University of Plymouth

Polly is an Associate Professor in Design & Award Leader for BA(Hons) Designer Maker. 
She leads a group of internationally acclaimed practitioners who teach the thinking, inventing, designing, creating, manufacturing, constructing, building, producing and making of objects and artefacts. She is interested in how things are made, how things can be made ethically and sustainability, how this can be taught; and the nurturing individuals so to develop original creative voices.

Associate Head of School - Enterprise

As Associate Head of School Art, Design and Architecture - University of Plymouth
Polly is leading the Enterprise & Creative Industries agenda within ADA developing Academic Excellence and External Enterprise/Creative Industries based activities.

Judge - Kirstie’s Celebrity Craft Masters, Channel 4

Polly was a judge helping 'Kirstie put some of the nation's famous faces to the test on some tough craft challenges'
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/kirsties-celebrity-craft-masters

Judge for BBC Women’s Hour, Crafts Council and V&A Arts Prize.

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 aimed to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/58MxNsfh9jDghnB1G3x7SS/the-woman-s-hour-craft-prize-2017

Advance HE Aurora role model for women

Aurora Advanced HE, development programme for all people who identify as a woman. It is a unique partnership initiative bringing together leadership experts and higher education institutions to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector.
https://www.lfhe.ac.uk/en/programmes-events/equality-and-diversity/aurora/index.cfm

Key note presentation 1st China Crafts week, Hangzhou China

Invited Key Note Speaker at China's 1st Crafts Week in Hangzhou - Innovative Design of Traditional Crafts 

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Travel

As a keen traveller and adventurer I often think of these two quotes...

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones your did do. 
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover" Mark Twain.

A few pages read so far…..
Alhus, Ahmadabad, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bombay, Chennai, Cambodia, Delhi, Denmark, Edinburgh, Falmouth, Glasgow, Ho Chi Minh City, Hangzhou, Inverness, Jaipur, Kolkata, London, Los Angels, Morocco, Munich, Nairn, Ohio, Phnom Penh, Prague, Pune, Reykjavik, San francisco, Taos, Vietnam, Velencia, Wuxi……………………………….and the adventure continues.

Same same but different!

W / Women / Girls / Nu / Female / Menywod / Ladies / Gulls
 

As a visual map-maker and maker of objects, I value my freedom to travel, explore, question and observe. Here are a selection images from my ‘same, same but different’ collection of signs.

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