Gwen Heeney MA, RCA, is a public artist, author and Senior Lecturer in Ceramics and Glass at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She is completing a PhD at Newcastle University Fine Art Department. She is an elected member of the International Academy of Ceramics and a founding member of the World Association of Brick Artists. She works and exhibits public artworks which focus mainly on the uses of bricks in China, Korea, the USA, Denmark, and Latvia. She is a member of the research group Topographies of the Obsolete, and her publications include Brickworks (2003) and Shaping Earth (2000). She received an MA in Ceramics from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1989, and won the Built Environment Award at the British Ceramics Biennial in 2009 in collaboration with Vicky Shaw.This book is dedicated to Dr Gwen Heeney (1952-2016). She was awarded her PhD posthumously in 2017 by Newcastle University, UK, which recognised her outstanding contribution to Ceramics and Fine Art, both as an artist and teacher.