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Judith Schwartz

Judith Schwartz

Professor Emerita of Art and Art Education

Art and Art Professions

(212) 998 5700

Head of the Sculpture: Craft Media Area. She is a critic, curator and author of national and international articles on contemporary craft issues. Author of Confrontational Ceramics, A & C Black, London and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008. The book identifies an international movement of artists who use clay to reveal personal alienations, social and political struggles, popular and material culture at its worst- all within the context of what might be called: art activism. She is also an invited member of International Academy of Ceramics. Chair for two international conferences held at NYU: Case for Clay in Secondary Education" and "Criticism in Crafts Arts: Crossings, Alignments, and Territories." Educational consultant to Lenox China Company; Board of Directors for the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Studio Potter Magazine, The Joseph Schein International Museum of Ceramic Art, at Alfred University, The Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China, The Museum of Ceramic Art, New York, NY, and the University Council for Art Education. Consultant to numerous national and international exhibitions - most recently the Ceramic Biennial in Icheon, Korea and All Fired Up for the Westchester Arts Council which featured her curated exhibition, Confrontational Ceramics.

Selected Publications

  • Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic. A&C Black, London.: 2008
  • “Transplanted and Transformed: New Directions in the Journeys of Akio Takamori and Sergei Isupov”. Ceramic Art and Perception. Issue 82, November 2010
  • “WOCEF: The Total Ceramic Experience and Model for the Future of the Ceramic Arts,” Explorations and Navigations: The Resonance of Place, National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Journal, vol. 27, 2006, pp. 102–107.
  • “Money, Politics, Globalization and the Role of Institutions in 21st Century Ceramics,” New Horizon’s of Ceramic Art, Icheon, South Korea: Icheon World Ceramic Center, International Biennial Ceramics Symposium, April 28, 2005.
  • Howard Kottler, An Irresistibly Irreverent Iconoclast, Ceramics: Art and Perception,1995.


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