Earlier this month I posted about a new instagram account I set up bringing to light conversations about the politics behind making pottery: @potteryispolitical.  If you missed it you can read it here.  The reason I’m bringing it up again is because I had such a wonderful experience at NCECA in Pittsburgh this year talking to artists about this project. The main thing I realized is that I don’t personally have the wealth of experience and knowledge to adequately approach this huge subject matter that is so all encompassing and which goes back to the beginnings of pottery making in cultures throughout the world. But what a rich subject matter it is!

My aim today is to reach out to individuals and groups that would like to get involved with the project, either to help channel examples and research to me, or to guest host the instagram feed. I want this #potteryispolitical feed to be as inclusive and diverse as possible. It is my hope that by drawing attention to this topic we can create a resource of information for researchers in the future.

If you’re interested in getting involved drop me a line at musingaboutmud@gmail.com or send me a direct message through the instagram account.

As always I’m also thrilled when folks use the hashtag #potteryispolitical on their posts or tag me on specific posts of interest. Please keep sending work my way!

If you’re at all unsure of what I’m looking for maybe this will help:

  1. Pottery based work, functional, not sculptural, or at least sculptural that has functional elements. Why not sculptural? Well there is a lot of political ceramic sculpture out there and likely some of it will get shared as we go along, but the main focus of the feed is to highlight discussion about pottery being political. I’m interested in how functional domestic objects are bringing political commentary to their audience.
  2. Historic and contemporary work. International work.
  3. Emerging, mid-career and professional artists welcome. Again i’m hoping to make this discussion as inclusive as possible.

Lots of folks have been asking about the Pottery is Political t-shirts that East Fork Pottery is selling. You can find them for sale online here. And there are also #potteryispolitical t-shirts available through Mac McCusker on Etsy.

To all of you out marching today, thank you. For all of us that resist each and everyday in our own ways, let’s keep it up.