Craft Ways Symposium

Craft Ways 2020: Tending to Craft
July 30 – August 1, 2020
Asheville, North Carolina

Craft Ways 2020: Tending to Craft is a symposium focusing on issues in contemporary craft surrounding the intentional care of craft. Using the theme of Tending, this inaugural gathering will engage multiple approaches to the embodied study and practice of craft. Together, participants will work to understand how artists, craftspeople, curators, and scholars explore histories of craft. Learning from individual work in the collective context of a symposium, we aim to reveal the multiplicities of craft studies.

By mixing work by established and emerging researchers and craftspeople, Craft Ways 2020 aims towards intergenerational exchanges of knowledge and information embedded in craft, while simultaneously engaging dynamism and shifts in contemporary discourse.

Through a variety of modes of sharing research—from individual to group formats—Craft Ways 2020 centers interdisciplinary collaboration and intersectional thinking through a merger of form and content. Sessions may include skill-building workshops, breakout brainstorming sessions, participatory discussions, research presentations, readings, and more.

For more information, please contact Craft Research and Innovation Manager Lola Clairmont at

About the Partnership

Craft Ways 2020 is co-presented by the Center for Craft and the MA in Critical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College. As program partners, this gathering exemplifies the type of generative collaboration that builds intergenerational networks to recognize and support future craft practice, research, and scholarship.

The Center for Craft is the leading national nonprofit working at the intersection of culture and higher education to advance the understanding of craft. Located in Asheville, NC, the Center offers quality arts programming and exhibitions free to the public, in addition to a nationally recognized grant program that serves artists, curators, and scholars throughout the United States.

Warren Wilson College’s Masters in Critical Craft Studies is the first and only low-residency graduate program in craft history and theory. Warren Wilson College, a private four-year liberal arts college in the Swannanoa Valley, North Carolina, provides a distinctive undergraduate and graduate education that combines academics, work, and service.


Help support the next stage of @potsinaction

via: Garland Magazine

“Ayumi Horie reflects on the groundbreaking Instagram project, Pots in Action—why she started it and why she has decided to finish it.”

@potsinaction has run its course; I’ve changed and so has Instagram. After 2,400 posts covering a vast range of clay and ceramics globally, @potsinaction will be archived as a website so it can remain a functional resource for the field. @potsinaction expanded a liminal space between pop culture and academia. It turned on people outside the field of ceramics to ceramics by introducing them to a world beyond Paint Your Own Pottery and stuffy museum cases. It became a staple resource for students doing research and for professionals in the field, it dug deeply into what we thought we knew well. For four years, this collaborative project consistently created new content and tried to show not only the best work, but also the unexpected and ubiquitous ways that clay touches lives.”

Read more and DONATE to the archiving of this incredible resource HERE.

job posting: Assistant Professor of Art – Ceramics Full-Time – Tenure-Track, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Art – Ceramics – Full-Time Tenure-Track (Job ID 332969) faculty position to begin fall semester 2020 (08/31/2020). The Department of Art seeks an artist with contemporary ceramic arts expertise to join our renowned Sculpture and Ceramics practice area. We welcome artists open to cross-disciplinary practices that will offer students a dynamic learning environment and a significant depth of competencies in traditional and non-traditional approaches to ceramic arts. To learn more and apply, visit: University of Minnesota’s Find a Job site:

The Department of Art is committed to building an intellectually vibrant, culturally inclusive, and academically diverse community of exceptional faculty. The teaching load is two courses each semester and salary and benefits are highly competitive. Finalists will be eligible for travel-related expense reimbursement. Appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor will depend on qualifications and experience consistent with collegiate and University policy. This is a 100% appointment distributed over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May).

call for artists: 2019 International Juried Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, New Jersey

EXHIBITION DATES: November 8 – December 21, 2019
Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception: Friday, November 8 from 6 – 8 p.m.

JUROR: Garth Johnson

ABOUT THE JUROR: Writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson is the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit, which can be explored through his weblog, He has also exhibited his work and published his writing nationally and internationally, including contributions to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Nation Building. His book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published by Quarry. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.

Special Exhibitions Committee Award: Solo Exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $250
Third Prize: $100

Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 15th at 11:59 p.m. MT
Artist Notification: Friday, October 11th (by email)
In Person Delivery: October 29 – November 2nd during office hours
Deadline to Receive Shipped Artwork: November 1st
Exhibit Opening Reception: Friday, November 8 from 6-8 p.m.
Pre-paid Artwork Return and In-Person Pick-Up: January 2 – 10 during office hours

$35 for up to three entries
$25 for Members of The Center and art educators
Entry fees are non-refundable

The exhibition is open to artists age 18 and older

The exhibition will consist of three-dimensional ceramics work. Wall-mounted pieces must be prepared and ready for hanging and no larger than 36″ X 36″. Free-standing pieces may not exceed 32″ X 32″ X 48″ or weigh more than 75 lbs. including box or crate. Work across a variety of display solutions is encouraged including video or film related to clay. Accepted work cannot be substituted and must be available for the duration of the exhibit. Please contact The Center with questions about oversize pieces or other shipping concerns before you apply.

Submit up to three JPEG/JPG digital images. Upload options for image files:
File format: JPEG or JPG only
File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side
File size: 5 MB maximum
Information on how to resize your file can be found here.

File Type: MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, M2TS.
File Size: Under 100 MB.
Currently, linked media from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. is not accepted.

2019 entries should be submitted through starting June 1.
You must set up an account to enter.
If you run across a problem while applying or have questions, please contact at

The artist is responsible for the cost of shipping or mailing artwork to and from The Center for Contemporary Art using Fed-X or DHL. A return shipping label and return postage must be included with the artwork. Artwork may also be hand-delivered to and picked up from The Center for Contemporary Art on the appropriate dates during the scheduled times.

All artwork is insured for its declared value from the time it is received through January 10, 2020 while it is on the premises. Artists are responsible for insuring artwork during transit.
The Center for Contemporary Art receives a 30% commission on all exhibition sales.

MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS: The Center for Contemporary Art reserves the right to use digital images of exhibited artwork for media, website, PR and advertising.

residency opportunity: Sister Dennis Frandrup Artist Residency

A call for artist in residence for 6 weeks, beginning in February 2020

Application Deadline:

October 1, 2019

Application criteria:

Emerging to mid-career artists who would benefit from a focused period of time to concentrate on work within the context of an educational environment in a rural bucolic setting.

Sister Dennis Frandrup Artist Residency residency image


Portfolio, 10 images, CV, statement and proposal of how work time will benefit artistic practice.

Included in the Residency are: Six weeks of focused work time; stipend of $2,500; accommodations: studio space, access to studio-specific equipment (including access to photo and video cameras and editing lab), and some studio supplies.

Artist is responsible for: Transportation to/from site of residency as well as any other miscellaneous travel and meals.

Artist responsibilities:

Six-week studio practice, limited interaction with public via open studio, artist talk, and interaction with students to include either workshop or critique. Details to be finalized upon acceptance.

Studios include: papermaking, printmaking, darkrooms (silver and handmade), Mac lab (including scanners, inkjet printers), video editing lab, photo studio, ceramics studio, woodshop, book arts studio, and sculpture located on both both campuses of College of St. Benedict and Saint John’s University.


Visiting artists will be housed in an apartment at the Collegeville Institute near the campus of Saint John’s University.

The Collegeville Institute was designed by the world-class architect Marcel Breuer, and consists of a lakeside cluster of ten apartments and an administrative center. The apartments vary in size from one to three bedrooms and are assigned according to family needs. The apartments are fully furnished, with central heating, air conditioning, brick fireplace, and wireless Internet. A community kitchen, lounge, library, chapel, and laundry are also available.

Artist Studio

Visiting artists will be able to work in a spacious loft studio at the Art Center, Saint John’s University, where they will have access to art studio classrooms and labs for printmaking, video, sculpture, and photography. The 918 sq. ft. studio has a high ceiling, excellent natural lighting, movable furnishings for working and storage, adjustable spotlights, a sitting area, a sink, wi-fi and Internet access, restrooms nearby, and 24/7 access. A 4.8′ x 6.6′ barn door into the adjacent gallery does permit transporting larger work into the space by a portable lift, but because the studio is upstairs and otherwise accessible only by a spiral staircase, there is limited access.

Learn more and apply at