Thursday April 10, 2014, 6:30 - 8 pm
Speaker: Ezra Shales
Art, Design and Craft in Context Lecture Series
Co-presented by Craft Ontario
Ron Thom and the Allied Arts Lecture
Is 21st-century creativity advancing by using computer-assisted production and digital fabrication? Or are the most vital ceramic forms made by those with expertise in the medium?
By looking at specific examples that lie at the intersection of art, design and craft, and evaluating the tools at our disposal, this presentation will assess the interdisciplinary nature of “post-digital” ceramics as well as what we usually perceive to be traditional disciplinary strengths.
Ezra Shales, Associate Professor of Design History at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Ezra Shales, Associate Professor of Design History at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, explores the productive confusion that lies at the intersection of design, craft, and art. Often focusing on ceramics, he has contributed essays to the Journal of Design History, Design and Culture, the Journal of Modern Craft, Studio Potter and numerous exhibition catalogues. His book, Made in Newark (Rutgers University Press, 2010), documents the ways that handicraft was an anchor of regional identity in Progressive-era New Jersey (and was the outcome of his Ph.D. conducted at the Bard Graduate Center). Shales is currently working on a book on craft for Reaktion that shifts the discussion back to things --the wonders within our reach and grasp, whether that’s a clean weld, a sturdy basket or a broken bit of blue china.
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