A new generation of design critics is talking. Are you listening?
An unprompted reflection on an art world controversy.
Ceramics enter the digital age… and win.
Contemporary design occupies a Venetian architectural masterpiece ,
Considering the multifaceted career of the great Italian radical designer and theorist.
A review of Isaac Julien’s cinematic imagining of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
Reading the great fiber artist in light of Rosalind Krauss’ forty-year-old essay.
Down and dirty, though not without glamor, with jeweler William Harper.
Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, a new project for Hudson Yards in New York City, is like a Hollywood special effect let loose in the landscape.
Was Lucio Fontana, at heart, just an easily distracted ceramist?
Nendo meet MC Escher at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Why Marc Newson needs a midlife crisis.
Into the darkness with Jeanne Silverthorne.
Commissioned by Albertz Benda Gallery, January 2019.
A giant has passed from the earth, the same earth that he shaped so powerfully.
As close to choreography as ceramics gets.
America’s greatest furniture designer drops in on the dropouts.
The chasm between producers and consumers leaves many of us estranged from beauty and a vital part of an ethical life.
Unfinished business from my first book Thinking Through Craft, this long theoretical essay offers a new reading of craft in relation to theories of allegory.
Her work is never so-bad-it’s-good; it’s way better than that.
Craft tries to catch up to social media.
Miniature exhibitions at my parents’ retirement home. An op-ed for the New York Times.
When I met JB Blunk in 1998, it was like visiting a Jedi Master assigned vigil over the state of California. In this short article, originally published in frieze, I remember the great sculptor and craftsman.
Jes Fan creates an art full of material experimentation, and free of male/female binaries.
Published in Design and Culture in 2009.
The silent film comedian as architect, and the most radical house of the early 20th century.
The country house reimagined, one ceramic installation at a time.
Ceramic artist Adam Silverman plays a serious game in a forthcoming exhibition at Friedman Benda.
Ursula Von Rydingsvard’s exhibitions at the Fabric Workshop Museum in Philadelphia, and Galerie Lelong in New York City, reviewed.
Delivered at the commencement ceremony for the California College of the Arts, March 2018.
There’s a word we use for the convergence of tradition and optimism: that word is craft.
Originally in The Magazine Antiques, March 2018.
Our Ozymandian moment.
A designer sets up shop in Banglatown, Detroit. Maybe his studio is his real work of art.