The purpose of this thesis is to derive a synthesis of the sculptural aspects of form and structure and the physical principles of musical acoustics. vibrating systems: Specifically I wish to deal with three types of free-end vibrating bars; fixed-end vibrating bars; and three-dimensional vibrating bodies, each of which possesses a unique set of technical constraints within which the aesthetic requirements of form and structure may be addressed. My objective is to conduct research leading to the design and construction of a group of objects which, through the involvement and participation of the viewer, communicate both a visual and an aural statement. This concept is to be manifested primarily through the medium of clay, although glass, metal, fibers, and wood may be employed where needed to meet certain acoustic, structural, or aesthetic needs.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ceramic sculpture; Musical instruments--Construction
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Hartenstein, Ward, "Sounds in clay: a study of vibrating ceramic sculpture" (1983). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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