RISD faculty members Alero Akporiaye, Jean Blackburn, Anina Major, Christopher Roberts, and Clement Valla, with Elizabeth Williams of the RISD Museum, will explore a selection of ceramic objects from the RISD Museum collection. Join these scholars and makers from a variety of disciplines as they consider the human creative expression carried via ceramics and discuss aesthetic characteristics as well as their significance as bearers and symbols of history, culture, commerce, and meaning.
    Both exploratory and investigative, critical and generative, this multidisciplinary dialogue will benefit scholars and art lovers alike. Unscripted and unrehearsed, this dynamic conversation will explore how to look at these objects more closely and broadly, and engage with them in new ways to find both the beauty and truth in earthen materials shaped by human hands, which, as Keats wrote, continue to “tease us out of thought, As doth eternity.” The discussion aims to inspire a deep consideration of how these objects can provide insight into the practices, mindsets and values that we should carry forward—or leave behind.

Ceramics in the World and the World in Ceramics.