BFA Thesis Exhibit

Emma VanDyne


Artist Statement

Clay has always been a way for me to relieve my stress even since my first time being introduced to it in elementary school. When I sit down at the wheel or hand build it takes me away from all the things that are stressful in my life. I have stepped out of the box more as the wheel was always my comfort level and I now push myself to come up with more creative hand-built pieces. I have become passionate about my coil work. The beauty in my work is not only on the outside, but I also strive to make the inside just as intriguing. Just like humans the beauty doesn’t only lay on the outside.  

My inspirations in these pieces are taken from my passion for horses. The long necks of the vessels and the fullness of the belly simulating the body of a horse. The horse symbolizes power, independence, freedom, nobleness, endurance, confidence, triumph, heroism, and competition. These are all things that I want to be seen in my work from the viewer's perspective. My pieces also tend to have a functionality earthy feel and I tend to choose glazes that go along with that feeling. As I continue to grow as a ceramic artist my goal is to continue to bring a sense of elegance to my pieces along with the aspect of horses.