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The Development of a Personal Aesthetic Through the Melding of Functional and Sculptural Philosophies

Description: In this body of work I have attempted to unify those aspects of utilitarian pottery and sculptural ceramics which I value most. I intended to join the inherent interactive nature of pottery with the capacity of sculptural ceramics to convey content through a personal aesthetic. Through this exploration I have developed a stronger personal expression in clay.
Date: May 1995
Creator: Mahle, Jerry B.
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An Investigation of Some Intaglio Processes Through Bookmaking

Description: In pursuit of the project, I sought to address the following concerns: 1. Which intaglio processes, or their combination, proved to be the most useful in production of the book? 2. In establishing a concept for the book, what problems were encountered? 3. What is the visual relationship between the printed images, the book, and its container?
Date: May 1982
Creator: Manning, Patricia R.
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Strength of Fragility and its Relationship to My Sculpture

Description: For this project, I explored traditions and relationships of materials both past and present: oriental kites and their linear structures and materials (fragile yet able to fly the strongest winds), Japanese washi (materials and hand processes), Eskimo gut work (sails and parkas). My interest has been in pushing these relationships further and exploring three-dimensional space with my linear panels.
Date: December 1985
Creator: Maples, Cheryl A.
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Development of a Personal Style

Description: With this project I explored pottery forms of Bernard Leach and his apprentices. By exploring this work, it was my intention to expand my forms and address the following questions: 1. What Leach pottery forms were most compatible with my work methods and decoration? 2. What significant changes could I make to these Leach forms to adapt them to my own style of working character? 3. Would producing these adapted forms in two different clay bodies and using different methods to reflect landscape imagery lead to a style that I could call my own?
Date: December 1996
Creator: McKee, Joe Frank S.
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A New Way of Statecraft: The Career of Elton Mayo and the Development of the Social Sciences in America, 1920-1940

Description: Considered "the father of the science of human relations," Elton Mayo was instrumental in the development of industrial psychology and sociology in America. The career of Elton Mayo and his attraction to influential figures like John D. Rockefeller, Jr., provide a chronological order and interpretive force to understand this development.
Date: August 1992
Creator: Cullen, David O'Donald
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A Sculptural Expression, Based on Dream-Derived Imagery, of the Preciousness of Certain Tools in a Meditative Journey

Description: To emphasize the preciousness of these tools, I envisioned object-specific carrying cases, like a violin case or my grandmother's china cabinet. The object-specific case or cabinet is, like the tool it houses, special and singular inits utility and serves to underscore the ceremonial nature of the tool. Of all the examples of object-specific environments I've looked at, most have been constructed of fine woods; many have also been either covered or lined with various skins, silk, or velvet to reflect the preciousness of their contents.
Date: May 1993
Creator: Martin, Brian Scot
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The Effect of Paper Supports as Aesthetic Choices Made in the Oil Painting Process

Description: I believe that an artist needs a mechanism(s) built into his or her working method out of which the greatest number of options may arise. I suggested that, for me, painting on paper could be one such mechanism. I wanted to pursue paper as a viable surface on which to paint and discover to what extent it would influence my choices in the working process.
Date: August 1990
Creator: McSweeney, Arthur J.
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Combining Electroformed Copper and Raku

Description: A major emphasis in my graduate studies in ceramics at North Texas State University has been on the production of raku wall pieces. Raku appealed to me for its unusual metallic glaze effects and the accidental qualities of the glazes and clay bodies due to the smoking reduction that takes place after the piece is removed from the kiln. During this same period I was also interested in and experimenting with the use of electroforming as a method of jewelry making. Again, the accidental qualities of this process were appealing. It was during these experiments, especially those involving non-conductive surfaces, that i frist considered applying the process to large ceramic pieces. The stoneware pieces were limited in size since they were to be developed into pieces of jewelry.
Date: December 1981
Creator: Merrill, Robert Scott
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Exploring the Feminine Through Archetypal Symbols

Description: The purpose of this project was to create and present groups of stelae which contain personal imagery derived from archetypal feminine symbols used as hieroglyphs. The groupings of the stelae, by nature of the problem, took on a ritual appearance. Two groups of twelve stelae each were constructed with materials and techniques used in a fiber tradition. Each individual stele was designed to function alone as well as in a group.
Date: December 1981
Creator: Maddux, Mary M.
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Combining Photographic and Gestural Imagery in Printmaking

Description: The focal point of the study was the use of gestural and photographic imagery in printmaking, and how that imagery could be combined to form a personal aesthetic. The purpose of this project was twofold: to create, describe, and interpret works which called attention to the dichotomy and unification of gestural and photographic imagery; and, to allow for positive personal growth, which would be absorbed into future studio work.
Date: December 1986
Creator: McAlpin, John E.
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Layering as a Possible Method of Achieving a Visual Color Mix in Weaving

Description: The problem, as proposed for this project, focused on an investigation of the possibility of using a layering method in weaving to effect a visual color mix. Colored layers of transparent fabric were to be woven simultaneously, in such a way as to retain a structural separateness while producing a perceptual blending of color. A minimum of three weavings were to be made with yarns dyed to control hue, value, and intensity, and each varying in number of layers from two to four. Technical sketches in the form of maquettes were to precede work on the loom, and throughout the process a journal was to be kept to record pertinent data and guide analysis and evaluation.
Date: August 1981
Creator: Miletto, Joan E.
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