My thesis is focused on progressions found within the human life cycle, specifically on the acts of creation, birth, and growth. I am inspired by the idea that all new life contains a certain potential, yet to be fulfilled. Some of the are a series of parts, which represent a change and movement over time. Color plays an important role, visually and conceptually using a pallet of whites to create a sense of purity and freshness associated with the beginning of life. I see my sculptures as a microcosm of the human life cycle, which symbolically represent the various types of growths that we undergo. The two direct influences for this body of work come from my observations of the natural world and my interests in the human body. Both of these influences have generated my interest on life cycles and the continual changes which living things go through. The experiences that I’ve had working in gardens and on farms have prompted the organic forms found within my work. I enjoy using the medium of clay because it is a material found in the earth itself and is a part of its own cycles within the natural world. This material has been used for thousands of years to express ideas about birth and creation, which is what I am using it for today.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Life cycle, Human, in art; Creation in art

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Hirsch, Richard

Advisor/Committee Member

Howe, Liz

Advisor/Committee Member

Kronfield, Elizabeth


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