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).