Re-Evaluating the ‘craft as design’ Discourse Embraced in the Field of Israeli Ceramics

Orly Nezer

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The embracing of the ‘craft as design’ discourse in the field of Israeli ceramics has reaffirmed studio ceramics’ supposed inferiority, and while the idea of ‘craft’ is admired in contemporary art end design discourses, studio crafts such as studio ceramics continue to be marginalized. Major aspects of craft remain excluded, resulting in a very reductive approach to it. Embracing ‘amateur craft’ and the elevated value of ‘materiality’, leading agents associated with Israeli ceramics, advocate bodily gestures and materiality when these are manifested in the work of non-craftsmen such as designers, while ignoring professional craftsmen. This paper aims to indicate the digression caused by the ‘craft as design’ discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-748
Number of pages18
JournalDesign Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2018


  • amateur craft
  • craft as design
  • craft turn
  • materiality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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