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Craftsmanship Alone is not Enough

Quinn, Anthony (2017) Craftsmanship Alone is not Enough. In: ECerS2017 - 15th Conference + Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society, 9-13 July 2017, Budapest.

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Quinn, Anthony

A diverse and profoundly transformable material, clay offers new designers and artists the possibility to push beyond the accepted ceramic applications into conceptually challenging contexts and outcomes.

This paper seeks to explore how contemporary artists, designers and crafts people exploit the materials traditional archetypes and production processes to comment, challenge or transform our understanding of what clay can do.

Drawing comparisons across a range of practices the paper will address the following questions; How does technological formation of clay explore craftsmanship and production values? When placed in a public context does clay allow for transformative engagement? Can we examine production values and systems through production? Does the handing down of skill from maker to maker offer opportunity for innovation? Does clays ubiquity offer transgressive, provocative opportunities?

These questions act as thresholds to a discussion about the modern context for Ceramics from education to practice and present us with the opportunity to interrogate a range of designers and makers, their work and attitudes through this lens.

Official Website: http://www.ecers2017.eu
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 17 July 2017
Event Location: Budapest
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:47
Item ID: 11575
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/11575

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