Dr. Alasdair Bremner

Dr. Alasdair Bremner

Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Victoria Building, VB202

+44 (0) 1772 89 5183

Dr Bremner is currently postdoctoral researcher working on the commercialisation of surface architectural materials developed to utilise recycled glass combined with waste from the ceramic industry. Research interests include the creative application of industrial refractory concrete pushing technical boundaries, uniting craft with industrial processes and materials and the development of new forms of expression across design and architecture.

Dr Bremner is research active within the area of art and design: history, theory and practice. He is a member of the Silicates Research Unit.

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PhD, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England, 2008
BA(Hons)Ceramic Design, Glasgow School of Art , Glasgow, Scotland, 2002

Dr Bremner was Post Doctoral researcher on the 2-year AHRC funded ‘Aesthetic of Waste’ project and is currently part of the team from the Silicate Research Unit working with partners in industry investigating the commercial opportunities of the sustainable and innovative architectural materials generated from the research project.

Research conducted for his PhD, completed in 2008, investigated the creative potential of refractory concrete. His research often involves collaborating with other artists and designers to realise ceramic works not possible with conventional ceramics. He has extensive experience of ceramics and particularly refractory concrete and castables both from a material stand point and from a practice side. Considerable experience with glass casting particularly in recycled and sustainable materials.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

Post Doc researcher in the Silicate Research Unit. (Practical and empirical research into application and properties of waste glass and ceramic composite)
Lecturer (BA Contemporary Crafts)
Lecturer (MA Ceramics)
Second Supervisor PhD student - Eirini Dimitrokali

Previous Roles and Responsibilities

Research Assistant on AHRC funded Aesthetic of Waste project 2008-2010
PhD Advisor to Dr Farhad Alkandari (completed 2011)
Member of Scottish Institute for Ceramic and Glass (SICG) Management team 2010-11
Ad Hoc Lecturer BA Ceramics
Member of steering group for ‘Atoms to Art 1 and 2’ (EPSRC research network – Science & Art in Ceramics & Glass) 2008-10


Bremner, Alasdair and Binns, David Stuart (2009) Object Factory, The Art of Industrial Ceramics. In: Object Factory II: the Art of Industrial Ceramics. Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA, pp. 120-121. ISBN 1-890385-19-0

Bremner, Alasdair and Alkandari, Fahad (2011) Refractory concrete: A material that offers new ceramic opportunities. In: Proceedings of International Ceramics Symposium. Conference Proceedings, Frolunda Culture House , Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 139-146. ISBN 978-9163381843

Bremner, Alasdair and Binns, David Stuart (2009) Brick: The Book. In: Brick: The Book. EKWC European Ceramic Work Centre , The Netherlands, pp. 24-33. ISBN 978-9070666

Bremner, Alasdair (2013) Print and refractory concrete: new opportunities in scale, surface and durability. In: Impact 8 International Print Conference, Dundee, 28th August - 1st September 2013, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. (In Press)

More publications


The Aesthetic of Waste - an investigation of the creative and commercial potential of kiln cast recycled mineral waste.


MA Ceramics Lecturer

BA Contemporary Crafts Lecturer


1st Ceramics and Glass Science and Art Network Conference, Manchester Art Gallery, ‘New Possibilities for Refractory Concrete’ 12th and 13th September 2005

National Postgraduate Conference in Creative Arts, Film and Media, University of Portsmouth, UK,
26th November 2005

Presentation at the EKWC as part of the Ceramics and Architecture research project meeting.
S’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. 27th March 2006

Postgraduate Conference, ‘Refractory Concrete in Novel Applications’ UCLan, 14th Oct 2006

Parallels & Connections – Ceramics & Glass Research Conference, University of Sunderland, Refractory Concrete Applications 1-2 March 2007,

2nd Ceramics and Glass Science and Art Network Conference, University College London, ‘Art, Industry and Architecture: A Collaborative Research Project’ 27th-29th June 2007

Invited speaker, Glasgow School of Art, Foulis Research Presentations, June 2007

NCECA, 2010 International Presentation, Research activities, Philadelphia, USA March 31 April 3, 2010

International Ceramics Symposium 2011, Gothenburg, Sweden. 7th March -27th March 2011



Dr Bremner is currently working within the Silicate Research Unit. Continuing work on the AHRC funded ‘Aesthetic of Waste’ - an investigation of the creative and commercial potential of kiln cast recycled mineral waste’. This project is currently in the process of exploring commercialisation opportunities with industrial partners and with a patent for associated developed technology submitted.

Personal research interests stem from his PhD completed in 2008 titled: An investigation into the potential creative applications of refractory concrete. Refractory concretes (RC) are industrial materials used most commonly in high temperature applications, primarily in the steel and glass industries. In most cases they are a mix of refractory aggregate’s chosen for specific hot engineering applications combined with a cement binder. RCs are known to ceramicists largely only for their insulating properties for which they are used in the manufacture of kilns as hot face lining. However, currently very little information is available regarding the structural and aesthetic possibilities that RC can offer to the artist and designer. It is the researcher’s view that refractory concrete displays novel handling properties that include: increased green and fired toughness and strength, thermal shock resistance, ceramic glaze compatibility, thixotropic effects and rapid setting. These properties offer the opportunity to achieve the creation of objects that do not conform to some of the traditional limitations of conventional clay. Research explores the different possibilities these properties offer in terms of new forms, products or ideas.