Clay Things: Centering M.C. Richards

Clay Things: Centering M.C. Richards, Clay, Ceramics, Furniture, Apron, Plants, Paper, Wood, 120″x240″x240″, 2017

Clay Things: Centering M.C. Richards was a performance/happening done in collaboration with Alex Ferrante.  We were exploring the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, and M.C. Richards, three great fixtures of Black Mountain College. We each made ceramic objects based on prompts from words we found on a flier for one of M.C. Richards’ sales.  We then built a geodesic dome according to Fuller’s design, and use Cage’s ideas of chance operations to determine how our class would build the dome and place all the objects in it. We wanted to literally and figuratively center M.C. Richards and her contribution to the Black Mountain College legacy.