Journal of Undergraduate Research


national ceramic education association, NCECA


Fine Arts and Communications




Tara Carpenter and I traveled to Portland and led a discussion with about 50 people at the National Ceramic Education Association. We researched the trend of unskilled ceramic artwork that has been happening in the art world lately. Conceptual work that is done by someone who has no real knowledge of ceramics is more prevalent in galleries than skilled ceramic art. Ceramics is in a weird place between art and craft and often times schools get caught in the middle. We e-mailed and interviewed 30 teachers on their opinions of this topic as well as how they incorporate conceptual art in their classrooms. We then led a discussion on this divide between conceptual art and skill based art that is happening in the school systems.

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