This is a compilation of links to the web sites of friends, former classmates, instructors, professors and mentors. Also included are the three talented artists who photographed my work. I am indebted to them for their professionalism, attention to detail, jokes and humorous stories. There are a handful of links to the web sites of people with whom I am not acquainted but whose ideas, essays and discourse are extremely interesting and often parallel much of what I believe regarding the subject of Craft.
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Teachers & Mentors
Friends & Former Classmates
Influential People and Web Sites
These are links to books that I have collected in my library and which have played a role in solidifying my creative philosophy as well as helping to regenerate the legitimacy of Craft as a subject, profession and creative process. Gallery owners, collectors, students (graduate students in particular) and those who create while straddling the elusive and blurry line that divides Art and Craft, take charge of your world and begin reading these books! To the professors of craft subjects, who operate within the safe confines of the higher education system and are unread, or worse, unfamiliar with these books, stop being a dinosaur. It is time to update your outlook on Craft and reevaluate your pedagogy related to the subject which you claim to profess. Reading these books will benefit your students and elevate your department.
Craft Theory, History and Collected Essays
“The Art of the Maker”
“The Culture of Craft”
Viki Halper & Diane Douglas
“Choosing Craft, the Artist's Viewpoint”
“Thinking Through Craft”
“The Craft Reader”
“A Theory of Craft”
M. Anna Fariello & Paula Owen
“Objects and Meaning”
“The Persistence of Craft”
“The Subversive Stitch”
“The Intangibilities of Form, Skill and
Deskilling in Art After the Readymade”
“Art Subjects, Making Artists in the American University”
Matthew B. Crawford
“Shop Class as Soulcraft’
Anthropology, Related to Making
“The Evolution of Technology”
Frank R. Wilson
I have had some great conversations about the formal elements of Art (line, shape, value, texture, form, color and space) as well as Craftsmanship, Illustration and Design with this long time and talented friend.