"I look upon life as a series of journeys. This series of forms is devoted to a sense of Ascension, both physical and spiritual." -Clifford M Commanday This statement accompanied my thesis show at the Bevier Gallery, and clearly and simply describes the intent of my thesis. One of the strongest characteristics I see present within all the journeys of my life thus far is a desire to succeed and advance: to ascend. I have made a series of sculptures focused on communicating these feelings. This thesis is divided into three sections: I will discuss my metaphor of ascension, describe the processes involved in creating the sculptures, and then describe and analyze the sculptures.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Sculpture--Themes, motives

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School for American Crafts (CIAS)


Schmitz, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Hirsch, Richard

Advisor/Committee Member

Meader, Bruce


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NK4235.C655 1995


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