PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Crafthaus Conference Scholarship
Lauren McAdams (Yuma Conference)
and Seana Higgins (NCECA Conference)
Crafthaus is very pleased to announce that the first Annual Conference Scholarship has been awarded to not one but TWO crafthaus artists! Lauren McAdams will attend the YUMA conference, Seana Higgins will go to NCECA. This is what they have to say about their future blogging:
"I will create a blog that discusses the history of the Yuma Symposium while discussing the events of the conference. Yuma has acted as the “laid back, family-style” conference that offered those in the Southwest, and now artists from across the country, a place to meet when the attendance at other national conferences wasn’t feasible. Yuma provided participants with a place to socialize and learn about all art media.
The presenters this year include artists who work in metal, photography, painting, printmaking, fibers, wood, and clay. This diversity leads me to see this blog as a perfect application for Crafthaus. I would like to start discussions by interviewing Yuma veterans and hear about the changes that they have seen. To continue the blog, I will transition into discussions from Crafthaus members about other locations that offer a similar experience for artists.
Finally I’d like to feature work from students that attended the conference, while also featuring artists that attended or presented at the conference."
"I will be writing within the context of this year’s theme; Tidal Forces: The Next Wave, giving an account of what it means to be a contemporary ceramic artist working amidst traditions of the past. My unique position within the field of ceramics will offer an opportunity to understand this conference through my voice and photos. As a resident artist at a community ceramics studio, I am transitioning between academia and a professional career. My appreciation for and understanding of ceramics lies between the functional and sculptural, widening the scope of my attention. I will describe how multi-dimensional the field of ceramics can be and how the traditions of our predecessors greatly influence the processes and outcomes of contemporary ceramic work."
Congratulations to Lauren and Seana, we look much forward to your blogging!