In the past millennium, the historical debate over the distinction between art and craft has transformed from an accepted assignation based on social hierarchies to a self-conscious art world struggle. Over the last few generations artists working in clay have shattered traditional roles by refusing to accept that making functional work sealed your status as a craftsman. The UIMA School Programs Contemporary Ceramics Collection features works executed in media traditionally designated as a form of craft; these include plates, bowls, and vessels. As artists have willingly accepted the challenge of making works that exert the same aesthetic agendas of painting and sculpture, two of the most traditional art forms, the line of demarcation between longstanding oppositional categories has never been so uncertain or more irrelevant.