My intentions are to create a series of sculptural vessels that consist of complementary forms, which through comparison develop a conversation of contrast and balance. The contrasting elements will help to create the visual disparity that can be associated with duality. This concept will be explored through employing formal issues of sculpture such as, form, color, surface, space, and composition. All of the sculptures in the thesis exhibition will be groups of contrasting vessels relating to the interaction of opposing human personalities. These sculptures will be arranged in a specific manner to exemplify their relationship. Starting with wheel thrown forms, I will create sculptural vessels using similar building methods with contrasting finishing techniques. Each pairing of vessels will contain a combination of angular and fluid forms. The angular forms will be made up of sharp and crisp lines to create the structure, whereas more loose and curvilinear shapes will generate the fluid forms. The surface textures of the forms will remain simple but will contain either organic or sterile characteristics. Each piece will be finished with the same white glaze to unify the complementary vessels. This will allow for the contrast in form and process to be the main focus. The placement of each piece will create a dialogue of contrast and balance between them. For instance, a tall linear form paired with a very small and organic vessel will create a contrasting view of proportion and weight. Specific placement and pairing is key to accomplishing an interactive dialogue between the pieces themselves and between the viewer and the sculpture. The use of complimentary forms, unifying color, and specific composition using multiple parts will be essential to create a dynamic conversation. My intent is to combine these elements to present a balanced unified whole.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Pottery--Themes, motives; Pottery--Technique; Form (Aesthetics)

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Hirsch, Richard

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Shellenbarger, Jane

Advisor/Committee Member

Rogers, Michael


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