I came to graduate school with a passion for producing ceramic sculpture, a love of the materiality of clay, and an interest in learning more about contemporary art. Upon arrival at the School for American Crafts, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, my work was primarily concerned with formal issues pertaining to objects, such as mass, visual weight, form, volume, and line. My journey throughout the two-year graduate program involved exploration of the ceramic processes, experimentation with methodologies of fabrication, and investigation into form and content. Academic classes, including Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Graduate Seminar, Forms of Inquiry, an independent study in Modern/Postmodern Theory, 20th Century Art (1945-1995), Art of the Last Decade, and Installation Art, were critical to expanding my modernist sensibility and increasing my awareness of the contemporary art world. With feedback from my professors and peers, I navigated through the trials and tribulations of discovering and producing a successful body of work.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique
C. B. Sheffield
Clark, Tim, "Absence & Presence" (2006). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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