Art is my means of communication. It is a visual statement of my conscience and soul. Clay is the medium I use, to help me create my statement. I use it as my visual typewriter. It is how I speak without writing, and communicate to people through their eyes. Clay is an extension of my mind and hands. The development of the initial idea, to the actual work of art, happens naturally when I use clay. It enables my ideas to become dimensional realities. The following thesis is a documentation of the process I used, from the preliminary thoughts, to the actual, installation of my piece "Tashlich - and you shall cast" The paper begins with the event that inspired my piece, and continues with my general ideas and beliefs surrounding Judaism and art. It then proceeds by describing and defining the different symbols and motifs incorporated into my piece: columns, water, stone, vines, grapes, pomegranates and color. These motifs, their place in the history of Judaism and art, are then discussed. The last part of the thesis is devoted to the technical information that I gathered and developed in order to create my piece. It includes my thoughts, perceptions, and methods, as well as formulas and recipes. The thesis concludes with photographs of the piece installed in the Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Pottery--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Pottery--Technique; Jewish art and symbolism
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Kanter, Rachel, "Tashlich - "and you shall cast"" (1996). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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