Diversity and Style: Production of Multi-Sectional Decorative Ceramic Pots Using Geometrical Forms

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This project adapted basic studio forming techniques in producing large ceramic decorative pots using slabs and hollow coils. The project demonstrated how to make a multi-walled vase using slabs and described how effective physical water in clay can affect alteration. It is evident in this work, that the environment can provide enormous inspiration into developing stupendous concepts as decorative pots. It encompasses the use of geometry in coming up with forms to alternate the existence of nature in abstraction. Three works were produced titled 16th Chapter Pot, Scribbled Branch pot and Cave Ants Container. The researcher’s reflections show that the aesthetic appeals of the pots produced coupled with the concepts all promote meaningful responses to them. It also showcases multi-sectional arrangements of decorative pots using simple mechanisms and firing in smaller kilns as opposed to the size of the art work. The diversity in the development of conceptual forms in the production of decorative ceramic pots eludes the monotony surrounding its existence and provides enormous interests from viewers. Although it is significant to adapt the open air firing technique for larger items, there is huge energy loss, hence products tend not well vitrified. The multi-sectional approach however, proves efficient in maintaining higher quality standards and in providing diversity in decorative ceramic pots production.
A thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Fine Arts (Ceramics), 2012