In the Eye of the Tornado: Encounters with Clay—A Relational Materialist Orientation Toward Cultivating Curriculum

Keywords: artistic processes, relational materialist approach, onto-epistemology, curriculum, assemblages


This paper follows three student-educators’ journey with clay. Embedded in the contextual space of the studio, the paper considers the complexities and processes involved in cultivating curriculum and thinking with the idea of art as a language. Inspired by the relational materialist approach, Erin, Roselyn, and Colleen enter into a dialogue with clay—embodying one another, entangling with each other, intra-actively doing unto one another, and reaffirming that knowing things is embedded deeply in relational connectivity with the world around us—onto-epistemology. The authors journey together with clay through spinning, twirling, tornadoes, storms, music, chaos, and destruction.


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How to Cite
Malki, E., Gutierrez, R., & Skuggedal, C. (2022). In the Eye of the Tornado: Encounters with Clay—A Relational Materialist Orientation Toward Cultivating Curriculum. Journal of Childhood Studies, 68-81.