Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Driven by a vigorous passion for the ceramic material and its history, I Bloom at Twilight strives to bring attention to craft and construction. To engineer each piece I pull from and distort historical pottery references, lengthening or widening parts of their profile with the form of a flower in mind. By adapting a variety of forming techniques, both ancient to modern, I build vessels adorned with textures that stem from their creation. Inspired by the stunning designs of Soviet Propaganda Porcelain and Nabeshima ware, I apply vibrant glazes in stylized depictions of clouds and flowers. Finally, using wax resist between layers, I inlay Chrome colored glazes to emit a volatile mist of vivid pink onto the surfaces nearby. With this layering of reference, form, and surface my vessels hope to prompt the viewer into a feeling of timelessness and contemplation.

Committee Chair

Shaw, Andy

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