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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Craft/Material Studies

First Advisor

Blair Clemo

Second Advisor

Debbie Quick

Third Advisor

Jack Wax

Fourth Advisor

Andrea Keys Connell


My work explores the complex social geography of modern society and the intricate relationship between mankind and the environment. Through this work I explore the past and present lineage of manifest destiny, from its beginnings in Europe to western expansion in America, to forms it has takes in contemporary America. These ceramic forms serve as the conceptual grounds to explore the romanticizing of the western landscape especially from an individual and group perspective. I simultaneously celebrate the history of the pastoral life while questioning the authenticity, and motivations of that lifestyle, and use this platform as a jumping off point to ask questions about humanities complicated relationship with nature. Through hand-labor, contemplative making, and a reverence for tradition, I explore both interrelated and divergent human perceptions using clay as my primary medium.


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