SECC at NCECA 2017 in Portland, Oregon

The SECC is super excited for NCECA 2017 in Portland, OR, Future Flux.  The collective has an exhibition, Social Objects, but THAT’S NOT ALL! See below for our list of Socially Engaged MUST See’s at NCECA this year. We look forward to (re)connecting with our friends, see you there!! Did we miss anything?? Tweet at us, facebook us, or mention it in the comments! Social Objects (exhibition) at c3:Initiative Opening: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 5- 9 pm This exhibition includes works from 14 members of the SECCRead more

Walls of Welcome at NCECA

Hi folks! The SECC is dedicated to featuring socially engaged craft artworks, and we’re bringing you a FUTURE project that you can participate in during NCECA 2017. This project comes to us from Lauryn Axelrod. CALL FOR ENTRIES #WALLSOFWELCOME at NCECA The #WallsofWelcome Project Donald Trump wants to build a wall – a wall of bigotry, hate, exclusion and fear. His wall sends a loud, clear message both to people at home and abroad that says, “You aren’t welcome here.”Read more

The Pussyhat Project

by Summer Zickefoose On January 21st, 2017, over 4 million people marched in Washington D.C., in every major city in the US and in over 50 countries world-wide[1]. These marches were women-led[2] and equal rights were front and center, but by no means the exclusive issue for marchers as LGBTQ rights, social justice, immigration, labor, health care and the environment were among the many reasons marchers came out. While not everyone wore a pink pussyhat, the number that did madeRead more

The Onngi Project

The SECC is proud to showcase and highlight works of Socially Engaged Craft. Today, we’d like to highlight the work of Aletheia Hyun-Jin Shin, a community Korean artist. This project was a collaboration with a Korean senior community addresses issues of history, sustenance, and the complex narratives of the Korean community in Baltimore. The Onngi Project is a series of traditional Korean vessels created in collaboration with a Korean senior community in Baltimore. As Onngi is a significant vessel formRead more

The Exquisite Uterus

I have always loved this project, organized by artists Alison Gates and Helen Klebesadel in 2012, in response to legislation in a number of states that sought to incrementally roll back women’s reproductive rights. As we have come to realize in the most recent election, we do not have the luxury of taking our voices, reproductive rights or bodily autonomy for granted. Not now or for the foreseeable future. You can read more about the project and see more images ofRead more

Theaster Gates at the Akron Museum of Art

On September 14th, 2016, the Akron Museum of Art hosted a musical performance, “A Cultural Revival,” featuring Theaster Gates and two members of the Black Monks of Mississippi. The experimental ensemble Gates has put together combines elements of Eastern, gospel an soulful blues influence. Theaster Gates is an artist who works in a disparate practice that combines skills in urban planning, architecture, community organizing and building, activism and ceramics. The Akron Art Museum’s programming with Gates is part of their “ongoing initiativeRead more

Emily Davidson: Activist Ink

Exhibition Review by Bridget Fairbank Activist Ink was mounted at the  Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in 2013 Upon entering the gallery once one’s eyes survey the room, one naturally examines the bright and jarring optimistic work of Emily Davidson. Located on her allotted wall is a conglomerate of brightly lettered hand letter-pressed posters proclaiming slogans such as, “ Capitalism has fallen. Art Must be redefined”, “Everything we need is already here” and “Share Power”.  Posters more akin to flyers areRead more

Both Artist and Mother

by Kate Fisher In our contemporary ceramic community many women have gracefully tackled the lively experiment that is being both artist and mother. Mothering is a complex subject that touches many aspects of an artist’s life and practice. These dual roles simultaneously impact each other both practically and conceptually. As many women have discovered, to experience maternity is to epitomize the vessel. This along with clay’s often-recognized metaphoric relationship to the stages of life itself, provides artists who utilize clayRead more

Concept=Material; Material=Concept: Balancing the Equation to Define Socially Engaged Craft

By Shannon H. Waldman Socially Engaged Craft=object+concept+activism Socially Engaged Craft (SEC) is the materiality of an idea realized in objects as well as conversation. It cannot exist without the tangible, but is rooted in the conceptual. There is much to the equation of defining SEC that needs spelling out in order to define what exactly practitioners of SEC are trying to “solve”. This is an attempt to give some formula to the work of SEC artists done with the knowledgeRead more

Fairy Rings of the Midwest

  By Gregory Hatch Fairy Rings of the Mid-West A socially engaged project where I engage with LGBTQA groups to create queer space and markers of queer presence. Toadstools are constructed out of a material that has an industrial history with the community I partner with and are displayed in a public area, with an event that focuses on revitalization for the area. This project aims to give participants a creative voice, connect the past and present, and give a physical, thoughRead more

Two projects by Elizabeth DiDonna

by Elizabeth DiDonna Progress I combined personal, historical and material memories in Progress, performed at Working Method Contemporary Gallery in Tallahassee in 2011. In this four-hour piece, an organic, structural “framework” of unfired clay was built clay onto my body and the chair, starting at the feet and ending at my neck. Simultaneously, a series of participant performers selected from a series of books that I chose related to the concept of progress. Performers sat in the chair opposite me andRead more

St. Olaf College – Ron Gallas Cup Library

By: Kate Fisher (Cup Library Advisor) Description: Mission: The aim of the Ron Gallas Cup Library is to make handmade ceramic cups more accessible to the St. Olaf community and, in doing so; build an appreciation for and awareness of the tradition of handmade functional pottery through tactile observation. Why Here? Minnesota is home to a rich tradition and community of ceramic artists. To them, using handmade objects is an essential way to communicate and learn from one another. WhileRead more

Participatory Works of David Medalla

by Summer Zickefoose   David Medalla’s repertoire of art forms and methods is vast; he is rightfully considered a pioneer of kinetic, earth, performance, participation and conceptual art. Two of his participatory works, Porcelain Wedding and A Stitch in Time, seem particularly relevant to a contemporary conversation about socially engaged and participatory art practices. Medalla’s participatory artworks followed his better-known series of kinetic and ephemeral Bubble Machines of the 1960’s. In the bubble machine works, the machines created forms thatRead more


By Gregory Gavin Through his company RIVEROPOLIS, Gregory Gavin Creates large scale sculptural installations in public space – often containing running water – and invites the public to add to them spontaneously using a variety of arts and crafts materials. His goal is to reclaim art production as a social activity for both children and adults with the potential of luring people of diverse backgrounds into casual conversation and dialog. Serving as both lead artist and public facilitator, Gavin setsRead more


  By nicole gugliotti Hi all, I’m going to be sharing with you a transcript of the short talk we did at Open Engagement last week.  But first I’m going to give a little background and just a suuuuper brief summary of the weekend. Open Engagement is an annual conference that offers up 3 days of programming about socially engaged art.  The conference was founded by Jen Delos Reyes while she was a student at the University of Regina inRead more

The Mobile Anagama Company

by Henry Crissman Built in 1892, the Terra Cotta Building was constructed as an innovative business model, to serve as both the office and the showroom of the Celadon Terra Cotta Company; the showroom being the exterior of the building itself. Its form was an advertisement for its service, and that idea was considered so brilliant that a second terracotta building was built for the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago, IL and it received the top price in its category.Read more