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Title: Actuate
Author: Shell, Tracy
Abstract: Questioning and exploring what specific components are essential in making expressive utilitarian pottery is the core of my thesis investigation. I am curious to discover what characteristics of hand made pottery elevate these objects to treasured possessions while remaining utilitarian. Gaining an understanding of the delicate balance between engaging form and practical function will be at the root of this thesis journey. As my pots are intended to entice physical interaction they shall be designed to live harmoniously within the landscape of the contemporary home, complementing and enhancing food presentation and consumption. The work will possess strong forms that are soft both visually and tactily. Creating work that is physically and visually comfortable is, I believe, of utmost importance when placing it in the context of the home. Glazes will be velvety using a minimal palette. The form will be primary and I feel the glaze surface should not overwhelm it. Growing up on a series of military bases where all the buildings looked like they were poured from a mold I developed a need to customize my environment. My thesis work will be created in an attempt to personalize daily activities in the home. It is through frequent use that I see my art as having an impact.
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Date: 2002-11

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