Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Using the torso as the dominant point of departure, my primary aspiration in three-dimensional ceramic form is to create a somewhat delusionary, fantasy-like style. The torso parts are seen to me as surfacing out of forms combined with artifacts of life, such as recognizable bits of words, flowers, leaves, scratchings, coils and construction marks. Superimpositions crowd the surface creating patterns repeated with less than precise regularity. The surface tension created can best be compared to a caldron containing all of these materials slow y boiling to the outside, all struggling for dominance. Through a careful handling of light, shade and color, the depth is reinforced and a magical imagery comes to the surface. An important element felt in my work is the negation of time. The hands of the clock can move in any direction. A dream like stage is set. Perfect logic is no longer a part of this new reality. Fragments of old and new images blend together past, present and future are one. Some of the more elaborate ceramic pieces not only emphasize the volume and outer surface but also suggest a mysterious, living presence within. This enclosed intensity combined with superimpositions and identifiable objects carrying symbolic meanings and strong sculptural tensions liberate one's reality and create a somewhat hallucinatory style.


Darrell McGinnis

Date of Award

Fall 1974

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1974 Clayton Meier


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