Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Jane Pleak

Committee Member 1

Marc Moulton

Committee Member 2

Christina Lemon

Abstract

This support paper is intended to give both a technical and theoretical background for my thesis show. The primary exploration is wood firing and its ability to capture the flames movement in the kiln. This work is inspired by transient natural phenomena. I draw the comparison between the movement of the flame and as through the kiln, their ability to modify the surface of the vessels in the kiln, and the natural forces that shape geographic features in nature. The transient nature of flames can be captured and frozen on the surface of the works that I stack in the kiln. These natural media simply allow us to see currents and otherwise unseen fluid patterns that are constantly permeating our surroundings. Outlined as well is the construction of the Georgia Southern University Anagama (Dorothy) and the troubleshooting and modifications that it underwent during the course of developing my thesis work.

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