MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Donald R. Davis
David G. Logan, Blair White
This thesis supports the Master of Fine Arts exhibition entitled A Blending of Purpose at East Tennessee State University, Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City, Tennessee, November 4 – 22, 2004. It discusses the artist’s desire to create exceptionally crafted functional work which focuses on both compelling aesthetics and strong utilitarian considerations. Topics include the artistic validity of functional works, aesthetic and functional qualities, tactile sensation as a consideration, machine-made works versus hand-made works, a characteristic described as the Life Quality, and the piece’s completion in use.
The artist examines her influences including work ceramists Dan Finnegan, Nick Joerling and Ken Sedberry, as well as form and design elements found in the art and architecture of India.
Practical application in form and process of these ideas and influences is discussed.
Thesis - Open Access
Decker-Smith, Jessica Lindsay, "A Blending of Purpose: The Juxtaposition of Functional and Aesthetic Qualities in Pots of Use." (2004). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 964. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/964
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