In this thesis, I will focus on sculptural ceramic vessels. I regard the vessel not only as a physical object but also a container carrying memories, imaginations, and emotions. I use the vessel as a metaphor to relate to one person, one object, and one phenomenon, the way I see it.
The thesis aims to explore the connections between what has happened in the past and what is happening now for a fuller understanding of self. Memory is an important subject matter for me. I believe life is not chronological, while the memory of what happened in the past and what is happening now is continually intertwined and profoundly leading each other. With my vessel sculptures, I want to take the viewers on a journey of how life passes through with the gain and loss, known and unknown, seen and unseen in life experience. Those experiences good or bad make who we are and who we will be.
Many of my vessels result from the human figure and architectural language. Through exploration of the form and my aesthetics, organics profile, geometric structure, light, and shadow all work together to express a form language that has come to define the character of my work and communicate my ideas with the vessel.
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Xue, Dan, "Inside and outside" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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