Erik Scollon is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He recieved a dual degree from California College of the Arts (MFA in Ceramics, and MA in Visual and Critical Studies.
1. Thinking Through Craft by Glenn Adamson. Adamson moves beyond the Art vs. Craft anxiety that usually bogs down too many writers, and begins the long over due work of a theory of craft on its own terms.
2. Theory of the Avant-Gard by Peter Burger. Craft object are usually rooted in function, and Burger’s analysis of the modernist split between art and life turns upon the function of the work. Reading Burger in grad school really set the stage for how I would think about art, craft and function.
3. Relational Aesthetics by Nicolas Bourriaud. I had heard of the Empty Bowls project long before I’d heard of Rirkrit Tiravanija. Bourriaud’s description of the way artists and practices were relating to the audience and community essentially describes the way that craft practices had already been functioning, but now there were new words for it.
Also, here is a link to my masters thesis- Using Art: A Theory of Contemporary Ceramics.