to Issue 4 of Interpreting Ceramics, which contains three articles
that indicate the breadth of interests that are encompassed by the term
ceramics. Jo Dahns article PuebloPotteryDotCom
is an account of her journey through both the real and the virtual worlds
of Native American pottery. Richard Carltons article on Littlethorpe
Potteries in North Yorkshire, is based on extensive fieldwork at a country
pottery that has survived intact to the present time but is facing an
uncertain future. Contemporary ceramics from the minority Armenian community
in Jerusalem is the subject of the third article by Nurith Kenaan-Kedar
of Tel-Aviv University.
We are pleased to announce two initiatives that we hope
will be of benefit to the wider ceramics community. The first of these
is the Researching Ceramics Online Database. This is in development as
a cumulative, interactive database available as a free resource for researchers,
practitioners and anyone else with an interest in ceramics. The database
will develop around a series of projects. The first of these, on the studio
potter Michael Cardew, provides a template for the initial testing of
the database and its delivery over the Internet.
The second initiative has been made possible by collaboration
with Staffordshire University, who are enabling us to host a series of
live debates. Clicking on the live debate button on the contents page
will bring you information about the dates of the debates and how you
might make your contribution.
Interpreting Ceramics is an initiative of a group
of academic staff in the UK who have come together under the title of
Interpreting Ceramics: Research Collaboration (ICRC). Our collaboration
has come about through shared research interests in recording, interrogating,
interpreting and communicating the practice and history of ceramics.
The members of ICRC are committed to exploring ways in which collaborative
effort, on both a national and international level, can lead to broader
and more interdisciplinary research into all those categories of human
activity which are indicated by the term 'ceramics'. ICRC has an interest
in any practice or mode of inquiry which brings a social and cultural
awareness to bear on the manufacture and consumption of objects made from
ceramic materials. The fields covered would therefore include studio,
industrial, architectural, traditional, sculptural and figurative ceramics
as well as the relevant branches of anthropology, archaeology, material
culture studies, museum studies, archiving etc.
Editorial responsibility for Interpreting Ceramics
lies with the ICRC committee, which currently consists of the members
of the editorial team who are listed above.
The editorial advisory board consists of thirty
individuals, drawn from different disciplines, who together provide a
wide range of expertise on ceramics in all its guises. A list of members
of the board is provided on the web site.
The journal Interpreting Ceramics is the first outcome of the collaborative
work of ICRC. It is the first refereed, electronic journal for ceramics
and in publishing on the Internet the journal allows contributors to exploit
the possibilities of new digital media as well as offering more traditional
text based approaches. The journal is freely accessible, without charge.
We aim to establish and maintain the highest scholarly standards for the
content of the articles published. Four institutions have joint proprietorship
of the journal and they are the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff,
the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University of the West of England,
Bristol and Bath Spa University College.
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journal Interpreting Ceramics is the first outcome of
the collaborative work of ICRC (Interpreting
Ceramics: Research Collaboration).
Issue 4, 2003
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
University of the West of England, Bristol
Bath Spa University College and University of Wales, Aberystwyth
(submissions editor and
joint reviews editor)
Bath Spa University College
(joint reviews editor)
(live debate editor)