The Future of Traditional Pottery with Garth Clark

October 20, 2012 – 2 pm | UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union,
2nd Floor, Rooms 223-224.  Free. 
Garth Clark will participate in a
panel discussion moderated by Andrew Glasgow (former executive director
of the American Craft Council). Other panelists will include Mark del
Vecchio (writer and gallerist), Mark Hewitt (potter), Matt Jones
(potter), and Jean Mclaughlin (executive director of the Penland School
of Craft). This event is hosted by UNC Asheville and the Center for
Craft Creativity & Design.  

Clark is considered by many to be one of the great contemporary
critics and writers in the field of ceramics.  South African by birth,
he has lived in the US since the mid nineteen-seventies.  He ran
galleries in LA and NYC with his partner Mark del Vecchio for thirty
years.  He has been a prolific writer and advocate of ceramics in all
its forms, and has lectured all over the world.

Topics for Discussion:

•           Recap of previous two events in Charlotte and Raleigh

•           Education as it relates to makers moving to the region; educational opportunities here and elsewhere

•           Philosophy of the craft of ceramics; what is special about ceramic traditions in WNC

•           Current market issues in our region

From Matt Jones’ blog:

“The following events have been the result of a blog I started a year
ago challenging Garth Clark’s views presented in his provocative
address of 2008 titled “How Art Envy Killed the Craft Movement: An
Autopsy in Two Parts.”  My primary point of course has been that at
least in the state of NC, the craft movement still lives perhaps even
thrives, particularly in the field of ceramics.  Garth will visit to
learn more about our state’s ceramic heritage and inform us about his
view as a critic looking at the challenges that potters and ceramic
artists face in the twenty-first century.  These programs will be lively
and informative for all who work in clay or appreciate and collect
pottery and ceramic art. “

Other Events in the Series:

October 16th at the Mint Museum in Charlotte
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
will deliver the keynote lecture in a symposium called “Traditional
Pottery: Back to the Future,” presented by the Delhom Service League at
the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location. After Garth’s lecture there
will be ample time for audience participation. The keynote address will
be preceded by shorter presentations by Matt Jones, Mark Hewitt and
Charlotte Brown Wainwright.

October 18th at the Gregg Museum in Raleigh
will deliver a lecture on the subject of traditional pottery, its
present and future, and host questions from the audience. This event
will be free of charge and held at the Gregg Museum at NC State
University, located at 2610 Cates Ave, 2nd floor Talley Student Center.