Sorry for the lack of posts over here lately, but the good news is... I'm done with my THESIS!
yes. that's right, "Craftivist Clay: Resistance and Activism in Contemporary Ceramics" is DONE!
It's so so true. If you'd like to read a copy, feel free to email me at mcbaumstark[at]gmail.com. I'm currently looking to publish this bad boy (what WHAT) and so I'd politely ask that if you read it, you don't distribute it or share it widely. That said, hit me up! I'd love to chat about some craftivist ceramics with you!
Here's the thing, though. Finishing my thesis means I have a whole ton of time on my hands, and I'm lucky enough to be working with and writing for some excellent folks!
I'm currently working with the brilliant founders and members of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective!
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Wow, Mary, that sounds right up your alley and straight into your wheelhouse!"
And then I'm like, "What is a wheelhouse? Pick a metaphor."
ANYWAY, I posted my first blog post over there quite recently, and I'd love for you to check it out here!
Here's a quick teaser to wet your whistle (OK I'M DONE)
"A performance that would meet the conditions of “socially engaged” necessitates a willing and participatory public that engages with the maker/artist in a series of social intra-actions, such as dialogue, touch, affect, or direct participation. These intra-actions form a social bond informed by (ideally) ethical behaviours of the maker/artist, who considers the participants as much as themselves or their produced objects. Social practice, as articulated by Helguera and supported by a desire to increase the social bond, considers the ethics and positionaliy of the aforementioned participatory public, acting and reacting in real time."
Y'all. Read it. And check out some of the other AMAZING projects profiled there, as well as our roster of kick ass, socially engaged artists and makers!
Mary Callahan Baumstark is a maker, writer, and researcher with an M.A. in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario. She is interested in trendspotting in contemporary ceramics and organizing socially engaged or activist projects. She is the current Resident Art Historian for the Socially Engaged Craft Collective.