Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Burns, Richard Todd




This thesis briefly describes my current body of work, both formally and conceptually. The section titled Pattern Within Form, describes the concepts behind the use of stamps and molds, and the process of separately throwing segments of a single form and attaching them together. It also discusses the visual influences of industrial materials that I have translated onto the surface of the vessel. Process and Material describes a typical reduction cool firing within a wood kiln. It explains the differences between cottonwood, elm, box elder, and pine, as well as the comparisons between a firing that is shut off at peak temperature, and a firing that is fired through its cooling to 1400°F. This section also describes my continual research within ceramic materials. Artistic Influences and the Conclusion expound on who and what I look to for references and where I see my work going in the near future.