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Jenni Sorkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226303116

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226303253.001.0001

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Craft as Collective Practice

Craft as Collective Practice

(p.1) Introduction Craft as Collective Practice
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Jenni Sorkin

University of Chicago Press

This introduction redirects ceramics from its object-only discourse and re-evaluate it as as a performative gesture made in real time and space. To watch pottery thrown on a wheel is to witness an object-event. Ceramics has been a marginal practice within the history of postwar art. But embedded in a discourse of experimentation with materials, tactility, and performance, its formal concerns resonate as a parallel medium to avant-garde movements of the 1950s and 1960s, including: abstract expressionism, happenings, experimental music, minimalism, and early video art. This introduction argues that ceramics is a socially engaged artistic practice that integrates aesthetic concerns with pedagogy and affective discourses.

Keywords:   feminism in art, ceramics, potters, pottery, United States

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