Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

David G. Logan

Committee Members

Carol LeBaron, Donald R. Davis


I investigated two unique processes developed throughout this body of work. The first technique is the cracking and lifting of an electroformed layer from a core vessel form. The second process, that I named “crunch-raising”, is used to form vessels.

General data is gathered through research of traditional metalsmithing processes. Using an individualized approach, new data is gathered through extensive experimentation to develop a knowledge base because specific reference information does not currently exist.

I find that an electroformed layer can be lifted from a core form with extreme torch heat to reveal the underlining vessel. I also find that the “crunch-raising” technique leaves a rippled texture in the surface of a vessel as it is being formed.

I conclude that the project is successful. It is quite significant in that it has given me a personal vocabulary to define my current work.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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