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07/31/2023
profile-icon Laura M. Ponikvar

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Exploring Race in Society Handout

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07/25/2023
profile-icon Dana Bjorklund
Cover ArtWild clay : creating ceramics and glazes from natural and found resources
Call Number: TT 921.5 .L48 2022
 
The ultimate illustrated guide for sourcing, processing and using wild clay. Potters around the world are taking to the local landscape to dig their own wild clay, discover its unique properties, and apply it to their craft. This guide is the ideal starting point for anyone - from novices, improvers and experts to educators and students - who wants to forge a closer bond between their art and their surroundings. Testing and trial and error are key to finding a material's best use, so the authors' tips, drawn from long experience in the US and Japan (but which can be applied to clays anywhere) provide an enviable head-start on this rewarding journey. A clay might be best suited to sculpture and tile bodies, throwing clay bodies, handbuilding and slab bodies, or simply be applied as a glaze or slip. The specific properties of found materials can create a diverse range of effects and surfaces, or, even when not fired, can be adapted for use as colorful pastels or pigments. Beautiful illustrations and helpful technical descriptions explain the formation of various clays; how to locate, collect and assess them; how to test their properties of shrinkage, water absorption, texture and plasticity; the best ways to test-fire them; and how to adapt a clay's characteristics by blending appropriate materials. From prospecting in the field to holding your finished product, there is helpful advice through every stage, and a gallery of work by international potters who have embraced the clays found around them. 

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07/12/2023
profile-icon Starr Dobson

Founded by Hilton Kramer and Samuel Lipman in 1982, The New Criterion is a publication of criticism that centers around cultural, artistic, and political criticism. Check out the New Criterion on Flipster, where you can glean inspiration from and dive into stimulating intellectual discussions! Also check out the back issues we have available in print!

 

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07/11/2023
profile-icon Dana Bjorklund
Cover ArtThe Black Experience in Design
Call Number: N 6538 .A35 B527 2022
 
Excluded from traditional design history and educational canons that heavily favor European modernist influences, the work and experiences of Black designers have been systematically overlooked in the profession for decades. The Black Experience in Design is an anthology centering a range of perspectives, spotlights teaching practices, research stories, and conversations from a Black/African diasporic lens. Through the voices represented, this text exemplifies the inherently collaborative and multidisciplinary nature of design, providing access to ideas and topics for a variety of audiences, meeting people as they are and wherever they are in their knowledge about design.

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