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Master of Fine Arts


Interior Design

First Advisor

Roberto Ventura

Second Advisor

Timothy Hamnett

Third Advisor

Laura Battaglia

Fourth Advisor

Kristin Carleton


For artisans, being part of a community can facilitate engaging with the public. Networking and collaborating with peers are vital for building meaningful relationships that can lead to mutual inspiration and learning opportunities. By strengthening the connection between society and various forms of craft, we can weave invisible threads that link the stories that craft tells with the time and place in which they were created. Pottery is a craft that has existed for thousands of years. Ceramics and clay have carried the history of communities and their ways of living through centuries and have been used as identifiers of cultures and civilizations (Noke, 1924). In general, Craft can be defined as “a tool to understand relationships between people, places, time, and materials” (Wilkinson-Weber & DeNicola, 2020). It grants people the ability to materialize history and respond to societal and economic circumstances. The proposed interior design project envisions a ceramics center located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Featuring ceramics studios, a coffee shop, a gallery space, a market space for ceramics, and an interactive community space, the project aims to craft a warm and inviting atmosphere that promotes creativity, learning, and community engagement. As a central hub for local artists, and community members, the center will be a unique addition to Richmond’s already vibrant arts scene.


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