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Wondrous Creatures in the Works

These are the animals that I am planning to create for my Thesis project Wondrous Creatures. Each of them has distinctly strange features that speak to their amazing ability to adapt and evolve. I recently saw a few of them … Continue reading

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Summer Research

This summer I have been doing a lot of reading and research to prepare for writing my thesis. Here are some of the great sources I have found that relate to the topics of natural history, the age of wonder, … Continue reading

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Messing with Model Building

To better plan for my thesis show, and see multiple possibilities, I have created a variety of small scale models using the laser cutter and 3D printer. Some of these models have been enlarged like the ones below, using wood … Continue reading

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Playing with Porcelain

This week I am testing casting slip as part of investigating porcelain as an option for my ceramic furniture. First, I tested the casting slip to see how it fired using these furniture molds. The tests revealed that the NS-124 … Continue reading

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Laser Cutting Display Models

I used the laser cutter to create scale models of different display method ideas. Some were larger (about 6-8” versions) to allow for clay maquettes to interact with the display option. These were made of 1/4” plywood and plexi glass. The … Continue reading

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Animal Attitude

As part of planning my thesis show I am creating gesture studies of different prehistoric mammals to help me decide which to use as subjects. This process starts with sketching particular animals in different gestures. I often base these gestures … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene: Graduate Research on the Picturesque Aesthetic

This year I have been researching the picturesque aesthetic as applied to displays for my ceramic sculptures. At first, the term picturesque was applied to both a real landscape that was “fit to be made into a picture”, and the painting … Continue reading

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