Master's Theses

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Date of Award

Spring 1984

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




John Thorns, Jr.


My work stems directly from a strong pottery background. As a prolific artist, I do not wish to confine myself to function, but would rather use traditional functional forms in not always a conventional method. The result is both pottery and sculpture which becomes a vehicle to develop topographically influenced surfaces. Strength is found in the pairing of shape and surface which results in forms that have life like spontaneity. The challenge of lifting the form up from the base is a current interest of mine. I like to suggest a more conscious open space underneath the form. Since the forms are usually involved, I try to keep the color range subtle with the use of terra sigillata surfaces.


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Copyright 1984 Dean Jensen

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