(An extension of the MATTEReality: Reconciling Ceramics and Sustainability)
For millennia prior to the industrial revolution, ceramics were produced sustainably in communities around the world. In recent times, however, these locally oriented operations have been all but squashed by an industrial model that produces standardized materials shipped globally.
Concordia’s Ceramics Program has taken important steps to integrate environmentally sustainable studio practices by reducing energy use with highly efficient kilns and recycling clay. However, there are significant challenges that still must be overcome to build a studio culture that accepts the extra time and effort needed to make ceramics more environmentally sustainable.
The first phase of MATTEReality, funded by the Concordia Individual Seed Grant Program, has focused on sourcing local clay and glaze materials. The second phase, for which SAF funds are requested, aims to provide an environmentally sustainable make-over of Concordia’s ceramics studios.