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MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
2007

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THE POTTER' S SPACE - FIGURINE

One advantage of working within the limitations of a medium lies in an opportunity to engage and highlight characteristics that are particular to that medium. When my attention is focused upon the idea of functional ware in its applied fields, the character of hollowware enters my mind. Named to designate articles of tableware that are hollow in nature (e.g. pots, jars, bowls, vases, etc.), some would describe this hollow space of utility as the realm of the potter’s space, citing the inherent emptiness as a foundation for conceptual thought and inquiry. A vacancy of a similar character is the hollow interior of a ceramic form that is devoid of both utility and assigned aesthetic (e.g. the space concealed within particular slip-cast figurines). Considered a technical aspect that is stipulated by the material, this space is not necessarily a site of significance equal to the notion of the potter’s space. For me however, the cavity of a slip-cast figurine is a profound source of conceptual and material implication.

FIGURE 2.0: EMPTY SPACE ON A PAGE.

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