Christen Baker’s 2014 NCECA Presentation
Christen Baker, a senior in the KCAI ceramics department, was selected to give a Student Perspectives presentation at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee. Find below an excerpt from the NCECA catalog about her outstanding lecture!
“The significance of clay in our daily lives is deeply rooted beyond the physical object. The permanence of clay becomes an important tool that, throughout history, has been used to preserve and commemorate. My lecture provides an overview that the use of clay has advanced throughout time and has served many purposes for countless cultures and individuals. Clay as an archival material can never decompose once it has been fired. Its permanence has and continues to be a way to commemorate and create an everlasting memory. Clay is universal because it is accessible and humans have used it going back to the earliest times. Before the development of kilns in the Neolithic Period, clay was usually baked in a pit fire and exposing clay to a direct flame. However this method does not make clay reach vitirification in order for it to have absolute permanence. The development of the kiln revolutionized the use of clay for its purpose for function, decoration, as well as meaningful practices and religious purposes.” -Christen Baker, 2014 NCECA Catalog