We’re excited to announce that our member Campus is live! Through the rest of the week we will publish a series of articles that explain this exciting new chapter in Cfile’s development. We will describe the unique tools our Campus offers to its members (which we have dubbed Cfilers, a term picked by our readers). With your support we can build a global community that will sculpt the future of contemporary ceramic art.
Campus membership comes in two classes: Individual and Institution (for art schools, museums, etc.) Individual Cfilers can join for as little as $7.50 a month, Institutions for as little as $299 annually. Click here for more information about this program! What follows is a preview of Forum, one of the benefits of becoming a Cfiler. Click here to sign up for a free 30 days of access!
We created Forum because we want to continue our mission of connecting the ceramics community in new ways. And if there is one thing a global community like ours must have, it’s discussion, fellowship, even the occasional disagreement! Since we can’t get all of you in a room together (not yet, at least!), we have in essence created a chat room where Cfile members can engage with other Cfile members, authors, and artists about the crucial topics shaping our field.
At least once a month a different author or artist will inhabit Forum to answer questions about their new book or exhibition. Here how that works:
- Check out the forum called Cfile Guests. You will find a few sentences written by the author/ artist inviting questions.
- Members are invited to “reply” by posing questions or making comments.
- You will receive an email when the guest replies to your comment in Forum.
- The conversation will carry on as long as it needs. Some may go on for a day, others for months.
- The conversation will always be accessible for reference in Forum.
Even if you haven’t read the book being discussed in the forum, you can still participate. Cfile will post a review of each book simultaneously with the Forum to give you the information you need.
Starting November 30, we have lined up some authors and artists with crucial voices in ceramics today. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your question.
- Martha Drexler-Lynn will answer questions about her book American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity 1940 to 1979 starting December 7.
- Glenn Adamson and Julia Brian-Wilson will answer questions about their book Art in the Making.
- Jenni Sorkin will answer questions about her book Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community.
- Andrew Livingstone and Kevin Petrie will answer questions about their book The Ceramics Reader, which is set to release in February 2017.
- John Parker will answer questions about his monograph Cause and Effect.
This is an OPEN forum, so anybody can start a conversation, not just ceramics celebs. Exhibitions of raw clay, Takuro Kuwata, ceramic modernism, American Craft Council, etc. etc. etc… These are some examples of the kinds of things you might discuss in Forum. We want you to pose all the technical, historical, educational and critical questions that are beating on the walls of your clay heart!
If you are a member of cfile.campus, you can access Forum here, or by hovering your mouse over the tab Member Campus and clicking on the square called Forum in the drop down menu. If you are not a member, begin your 30-day free trail!
Keep an eye open for the Forum Schedule in cfile.daily! And if there is an author that you would like to see on Forum, email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you think of this new tool for contemporary ceramic art scholarship? Let us know in the comments.