Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

Committee Chair(s)

John Neely


John Neely


Todd Hayes


Dan Murphy


Kathy Puzey


These pots were made as companions for you and your home. A vase for your table, full of freshly picked flowers as you and your partner eat breakfast and plan your day's activities. Large platters and compartment trays to present home-cooked meals with friends on a warm summer evening. Whiskey sippers that nestle in warm hands, topped off as needed from a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels.

As a maker, I play these moments on repeat in my mind. As a designer, these scenarios direct the formal elements I develop for each piece. Pushing out an exaggerated belly on a modestly portioned whiskey sipper that complements the negative space of your palm, while keeping the rim thick and beveled to a crisp that fills the void of your lips. Satin, subdued surfaces formulated to mimic aging pastels of a soft vintage quilt that lay jumbled upon a morning bed. My approach has always been to design for my fantasy of Sunday morning breakfast with a fictitious loved one and the pots that elevate that tender moment. Pots can be conductors of romantic sentiment. I hope the viewer will invite these pots into their homes where they can quietly enrich simple and significant moments.

This exhibition is my creative effort towards understanding my yearning for a romantic life I can’t seem to create or explain for myself. I believe the pots can represent this weight, to be romantic without explanation, to exist at home in the present while remaining hopeful for the future.


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Additional Files

BinocularVase.jpg (2497 kB)

Butter:SpiceJar.jpg (2485 kB)

BVases.jpg (2381 kB)

Canister2.jpg (2418 kB)

Canisters.jpg (2042 kB)

CigaretteVase.jpg (2616 kB)

CupWall.jpg (2542 kB)

DoubleVase.jpg (2543 kB)

Flasks.jpg (3240 kB)

HeartVase.jpg (2243 kB)

LobedVase.jpg (2719 kB)

LVases.jpg (2247 kB)

Mugs.jpg (2346 kB)

Plates1.jpg (2613 kB)

Plates2.jpg (2140 kB)

Platters.jpg (2612 kB)

SauceTrough.jpg (2360 kB)

Sippers.jpg (2322 kB)

SnackBowls.jpg (2615 kB)

SuitcaseVases.jpg (2459 kB)

TombstoneVase.jpg (2423 kB)

Tray5.jpg (2228 kB)

Trays1.jpg (2594 kB)

Trays2.jpg (2593 kB)

Trays3.jpg (2563 kB)

Trays4.jpg (2256 kB)

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