The purpose of this thesis is to design and execute a series of ceramic sculptures and sculptural containers which reflect my personal creative philosophy as well as my individual style of aesthetic expression. These ceramic sculptures and sculptural containers to some extent, will be synthesized interpretations of organic and biomorphic forms from nature, which beside depicting the finest aesthetic features of various natural forms will also express the essential spiritual interpretation of natural objects and the characteristic gestures of natural forces. In carrying through this series of sculptural works based upon the natural stimuli of organic and biomorphic forms, I intend to employ a technical simplicity which puts chief emphasis upon sensitive form and expressive images. The methods of direct handbuilt ceramic sculpture will be employed, utilizing slab built, coil built, and wheel thrown forms sensitively integrated into expressive sculptural compositions. It has long been my feeling that in any piece of sculpture, interpretation and significance lie in the contemplative response of the viewer as he becomes aware of relationships of mass, space, texture and light. It is my intention to create an esthetic unity in these sculptures of organic and biomorphic forms which include within them enough variation to create contrasts and complexities that will challenge the viewer looking to understand the theme and order of these pieces of sculpture.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Rodler, William, "Ceramic sculpture and sculptural containers" (1970). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
RIT – Main Campus
Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NK4235 .R645 1970