My purpose for attending graduate school was to increase my growth both as an artist and as an individual. Before coming to R.I.T. I had seven years of ceramics experience and I understood how a new environment and interaction with new people would assist my personal development. Moreover, the Master of Fine Arts degree would strengthen the quality of my work and provide me with the credentials needed to instruct at the university level. Considering the potential options an M.F.A. degree would give me, production pottery lost its appeal. I applied to graduate schools and was accepted at R.I.T. . After some experimentation in the first year of graduate studies, I selected the plate form for my thesis project. My intent was to explore decoration on the plate's surface as a means of altering visual perceptions through painting, relief, and graphic design. I wanted to create tension and depth by the layering of geometric designs on an organic, textural background. The Raku firing process was selected to help integrate the design elements through glase crackling which produces color modulation and enhances surface characteristics.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Raku pottery--Technique; Pottery--Themes, motives

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Hirsch, Richard

Advisor/Committee Member

Sodervick, Bruce


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