Term of Award

Fall 2013

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)


Department of Art

Committee Chair

Marc Moulton, MFA

Committee Member 1

Julie McGuire, PhD

Committee Member 2

Marc Mitchell, MFA

Committee Member 3

Derek Larson, MFA

Committee Member 3 Email



Earthbound is a body of utilitarian work created as a tribute to regional plants and animals, to beloved family members, to revered masters of ceramic art, and to the enjoyment of good food and conversation.

Earthbound explores the role of flora and fauna found throughout Southeast Georgia. These handmade functional objects celebrate aspects of nature I encounter on a daily basis. Each place setting is crafted to enhance the pleasure of eating and drinking while fostering a connection to the natural world.

I have long held an interest in the human connection to nature, which was fostered by both my parents and oldest brother. As a child I was encouraged to observe wildlife and to read about the natural world. The objects on view celebrate the environment as it exists in my backyard, and convey a hope for awareness and preservation.

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