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feministclay/nceca journal

updated fri 25 feb 00


Marcia Selsor on wed 23 feb 00

I just got the NCECA journal from the last year's conference. I was very
surprised to notice the heavy male domination in the representation in
the pictures. I am kind of surprised because females are the dominant
sex in NCECA. I attended many events last year, etc. The Journal seemed
to me to be heavy on "male" representation. This is curious and it will
undoubtedly get curiouser and curiouser to quote Alice. Maybe I'm just
antsy since I am on the program this year. I used to be a feminest. .
about 15-25 years ago. I thought we'd gotten beyond it. Does anyone
remember the stats on women represneted on the cover of CM and the stats
on woman "between the covers" at NCECA 1990? Things at CM improved
greatly. BUT it looks like the Journal didn't get it. I am disappointed
in George Kokis. I thought he was beyond all that. Maybe it was the
availability of the photos and photographers.
Marcia Selsor
Earl Brunner wrote:
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> In many cultures, the women made or make all the pots, So if
> all the
> potters are women, or are we only considering middle class
> "artist"
> types?
> Kathy King wrote:
> >
> > ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> > It is always encouraging to see someone researching and
> > investigating women in the ceramic arts. In terms of your list
> > of artists to research, I was wondering how you are defining a
> > ceramic artist as "feminist"? I, too, am interested and
> > supportive of women artists in all mediums, especially those who
> > incorporate issues of gender and feminist views of sexuality and
> > equality in their work conceptually. From your list and the idea
> > of including pattern and decoration issues under the "feminist
> > umbrella", I am unclear on what terms you are grouping these
> > artists. Do you define these artists as feminist in that their
> > work addresses feminist issues (i.e. Judy Chicago) or are you
> > referring to these women as feminist due to their part in
> > furthering the role of women as strong artists within ceramics?
> > (and yes, of course, both can be true!) I would say that the
> > women in your list are all strong artists and have certainly
> > provided role models for both women AND men in ceramics but I
> > would hesitate before labeling the work of some of the artists
> > as dealing specifically with feminist issues.
> > Good luck with your work!
> >
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> Earl Brunner

Marcia Selsor

Paula Sibrack on thu 24 feb 00

Marcia, I haven't been following the thread on feminism on Clayart, but the
mention of the NCECA Journal caught my eye. Last year's issue was minus an
article about how the Mexican Revolution and the history of NCECA are alike:
both macho driven. My article: commentary on the History of NCECA, a
presentation by Harriet Bresson, was seen through the eyes of a woman freshly
back from a pre-conference trip to Guadalajara. George Kokis didn't think it
was appropriate, since Harriet's talk was presented verbatim. I agree that
the NCECA woman are strong and influencial. When will they be given their due
in public? Paula Sibrack Marian, in the woods of Sherman, CT