On the Edge

Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus


Department or School/College

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Beth Lo


asymmetric, ceramic, simplicity, vessel


University of Montana


My work is based on my continual fascination with the vessel. Stemming from its literal and conceptual uses: vessels serve, they preserve, they beautify, offer, invite, hold, hide, reveal, and present. With this concept, my work attempts to create new forms which are the vessels themselves and a myriad of possible relationships through different arrangements. To achieve these literal and conceptual uses of vessels, I paid special attention to placement and composition. I made tableware forms such as plates, cups, and mugs, setting them up into two metaphorical categories: “Before Serving” and “After Serving.” In the introduction, I will talk about the main motifs present in my work and the background of my work which will illustrate my transitions from 1997 to present. Then I will talk about the goal and objectives of this study. In the main body of this thesis paper, I will talk about conceptual and visual influences from some ancient art works in Korea and Japan such as Full Moon Jar, Kizaemon Tea-Bowl and Wabi Sabi, and contemporary ceramic artists, such as Gwyn Hessen and David Kimball Anderson. These influences support my aesthetic: asymmetry, simplicity, quietness, placement, mutual response and other aspects of interest used in my research. In the last part of this thesis paper, I will describe my considerations and accomplishments in process and explain the individual works.



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