G26 – Objecthood: The relationship between things and their meanings

Sam Gold and Sarra Tzijan, Cuppa?, 2020, white raku, black stoneware copper, silver, handbuilt, embedded metal and various clay bodies; Photo: Sam Roberts

Things can function as powerful exemplars and guides. Like rocks in a swift current, even when they sit perfectly still, they shape the course of our experience.

Adamson, Glenn. 2018. Fewer, Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects. Bloomsbury.

Issue 26 in March 2022 will consider the value of objects. This is a space for exploring the relationship between things and their meanings.

  • Why do we collect objects?
  • How can we justify keeping objects when the world has too much stuff?
  • Was the fetish unfairly demeaned by European colonialism?
  • What alternative modes of craft practice do not involve the production of objects?
  • Is anything lost when meaning is abstracted into information and data?

You can find guidelines for submitting a story here. The deadline for stories is 1 February 2022. Please let us know in advance of your idea here. If you’d like to be a pathfinder and share the development of this issue, please send an email

The image is from Ceramix: Dialogues in clay