Title

Wonder

Date of Award

5-2019

Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

John Neely

Second Advisor

Marissa Vigneault

Third Advisor

Kathy Puzey

Abstract

WONDER is an exploration of the point at which what we know and what we think we know begins to break down. I melt and erode the perfect patterns I worked hard to construct through the manipulation of kiln atmosphere, using excess carbon, wood, and soda ash. I then add ephemeral, delicate imagery of animals in china paint. These steps introduce elements of the unknown and unpredictable onto intimate objects at the core of domestic human life. By disrupting organized patterns and reintroducing the animals we share the world with, I explore the question: What is lost when we surround ourselves with objects and systems of knowledge that reflect only the human mind? The word “wonder” implies attentiveness, appreciation, and curiosity, qualities that greatly enrich my own life and my experiences in both nature and the studio. Ultimately, my work is about bringing back some of that wonder that seems to be absent from much of human existence in the modern world.

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Night's Edge Teapot

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Triplet Pattern Steins

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Pedestal Cups

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Detail from "Overstory"

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Prowler Mug

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Owl Teapot

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Lynx Yunomi

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Utah Milksnake Box

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Lynx Bowl

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Nuthatch Tumbler

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