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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kim, Hak Kyun
Author's Email Address
URN etd-05162008-155633
Title On the Edge
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Department Fine Arts
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Beth Lo Committee Chair
  • ceramic
  • vessel
  • asymmetric
  • simplicity
Date of Defense 2008-05-01
Availability unrestricted
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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