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MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto

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A LARGE rose-tree stood near the entrance of the garden: the roses growing on it were white, but there were three gardeners at it, busily painting them red. 8


The Cincinnati Art Pottery Movement of the late 1800’s has left a lasting impression upon hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers alike. The early pioneering work of Mary Louise McLaughlin and Maria Longworth Nichols truly broke ground in the arena of craft practice, establishing the rise and development of china painting workshops and the pottery club niche. Thanks to the efforts of these two women, we may all sit comfortably in our chairs as we busily paint the roses red. Historically, work in this vein showcases some of the earliest attempts in do-it-yourself aesthetics and craft practice. It remains unfortunate, however, that many of the blank china objects produced for this genre lack considerable formal accomplishment and at times demonstrate unfortunate lapses in Taste (Clark 13) (APPENDIX III). Despite this, the practice remains to be highly empowering to the character of the painter / maker. The genre is set up to offer the maker both comfort and encouragement in knowing that he or she can “complete” a piece through his or hers own means – a considerable conceptual premise. Artistic validation is achieved through individual choice and application of color. Lift up your brushes and rejoice. Take seat upon a comfortable chair and proceed at will…

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will you… 9

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*Crayola introduced Razzle Dazzle Rose as color No. 53 of 64 in the 64-color assortment of Crayola Crayons in 1990 (List of Crayola crayon colors).