Author Profile
eM Irvin

eM asks ceramic questions, observing their body in relation to the world in which it can touch through performative material explorations. They received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2021 and are currently a PhD student in performance studies at the University of California, Davis, where they write on the liberatory power of clay through politics of representation, decolonial and anti-racist praxis and practice, and queer and feminist methods. eM teaches in the women and gender studies department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in the foundations area at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.



Defining failure is an ambiguous paradox bolstered by its relationship to success. The two – failure and success – oscillate in a dichotomy without room for an alternative. They permeate normative ceramics through studios and art institutions as gatekeepers to creating in clay.