A Radical Library of Ceramic Materials

The clays, glazes, and other chemicals used in pottery-making have profound social-environmental-economic impacts that are often overlooked. The materials must be mined, refined, and may travel thousands of miles via complex global distribution networks. This project will help students directly engage concepts of sustainability through the specific origins of the materials they use every day. A series of short videos will be created about each substance in the pottery materials lab, tracing their geologic origins and illuminating their sustainability impacts. Each video will be accessible by a QR code in the lab, and through a website housing additional research and information, resulting in an augmented and annotated materials library.

Del Harrow

Professor, Department of Art and Art History

Lynn Badia

Assistant Professor, Department of English