The Meaning of Making: Why Craft Still Matters

A panel discussion featuring Mark Hewitt & other NC craft specialists at the Durham Arts Council. October 22, 2013 6:30 PM.

Panelists:

  • Howard Risatti, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University. Author of A Theory of Craft: Function and Aesthetic Expression.
  • Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Hendersonville, NC.
  • Charlotte Wainwright, Director Emeritus, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University.
  • Mark Hewitt, Potter; President of Board of Directors, North Carolina Pottery Center.

Does craft still matter in an age of mass-produced commodities, deskilling in the workplace, and outsourced production? Under these contemporary conditions, what is the value of bringing great skill and care to the making of objects by hand? Why should we seek to nurture the spirit of making and the knowledge it entails?

Panelists will bring diverse perspectives to addressing these and other questions related to art, craft, and design. Following the panelists’ presentations, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their views.

For more information contact Lindsay Gordon, Artist Services Manager at the Durham Arts Council, at lgordon@durhamarts.org.

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