The role of sensory experiences and emotions in craft practice

Camilla Groth

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Abstract: Emotions have traditionally been overlooked in the practice of scientific research. In the field of design and craft research, too, personal feelings and emotions have been considered as interfering with the rigour and validation of the research. However, as a result of findings in neuroscience, a new understanding has emerged, providing emotions a central role in risk assessment and decision making processes. This has implications also for how we understand craft practice. In this practice-led research, a craft practitioner analysed five video-recordings of herself while throwing clay blindfolded. The researcher-practitioner specifically studied critical incidents in the throwing process and made a detailed analysis of how felt experiences and emotions guided her in her risk assessment, decision making and problem solving processes during the throwing sessions. The research suggests that sensory experiences and emotions moderate and guide the making process and are thus important factors in craft practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationDesign + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking
EditorsPeter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
Place of PublicationBrighton
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventDesign Research Society International Conference - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016
Conference number: 50

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign Research Society International Conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • craft-practice
  • critical incidents
  • emotions
  • decision making


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