This multidisciplinary collection of eighteen essays was presented at the conference of the same name. It explores the complex and significant role of contemporary craft in society. The authors show how linguistic and feminist studies are tools for understanding craft. Historical analysis highlights how education, architecture, and industrial design have influenced craft products and our perceptions of them. Social and cultural anthropology show how craft expresses backgrounds of its makers. And ethnology and museum studies reveal the assumptions used in collecting, identifying and exhibiting craft.