I have not even finished reading this article but already I think this is a good one for you to read and consider. Jed Perl, critic for the New Republic, writes on some current exhibitions. I think it is important for us to consider ceramics and crafts in the context of the "art" world in general. Perhaps the reason ceramics is not taken as seriously is that we often to not place it in this context....
( I could not get the blog to cut and paste so I hope this address works - if not let me know.