There is no single history of craft.

Craft is long. Craft is and has been at the core of cultural knowledge, learning between generations, and community connections. And yet, whiteout conditions in academia and museums continue to frame craft as something to be discovered, uncovered, and saved.

Photographed against a white background, we wonder: What context would your questions about craft — about this pot — bring into view? What could we learn if your hand is holding that mic, and your voice asking the questions? What could your research do to shape a field of craft studies?

The pot pictured above connects to a constellation of stories; some are well-worn and well-known, others quiet and private, and still others not yet voiced.

Join us to turn the mic to new voices, more stories, and broader contexts.

To participate in upcoming information sessions in December or an online fly-in in January, visit our website or email Nathan Wyrick, Director of Admissions, at

You can learn more about how we work to understand craft on our program website, which provides context on how we think, learn, and communicate our research. Listen to “Building a Craftscape: What is a Field and Who Does it Include?”, a Faculty Webinar by Namita Gupta Wiggers, Program Director; download Paired Conversations in which students discuss their research with artists, curators, scholars, and writers from multidisciplinary backgrounds; and access both of our student-led publications.

Applications to the MA in Critical Craft Studies are due February 1, 2022. Register for an information session at

*This question is phrased in homage to W.J.T. Mitchell’s What do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images.

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