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ART 2470: Sculpture Clay, Handbuilding (Summer 2023)

This guide provides instructions and starting points for completing research in Professor Ritson's ceramics-focused sculpture course.

Assignment Description

Presentation Assignment

Instructions:  Use the example paper and presentation provided, along with the library’s research guide, to complete this assignment.

1.  Choose an individual from the list provided.  Each student must select a different individual for this assignment.

2.  Conduct research and write a 1500-word (minimum) essay on the individual.  Your paper should include the following components. Include subheadings in the paper to show that you are responding to each of these prompts: 

a.  Provide a biography of the individual: birthdate, location of birth, training, significant professional experiences, awards, and any other pertinent information that gives a background and context to the individual and the time period in which they worked.

b.  Provide information on a specific example of the individual's work: time period of the work's creation, materials used, specifications, intended meaning/message/purpose, commissioned by/for whom if applicable.

c.  Answer: What choices were made in the design and creation of your selected examples of the individual's work? What was the reasoning behind the decisions that were made by the artist? (1 slide in the presentation)

d.  Answer: How do the decisions that were made and the functionality of the artifact reflect the individual's design philosophy? Note If at any point in the essay you refer to other artists, design or art movements, historical events, etc. you must explain these and their context to your audience. (1 slide in the presentation)

e.  Your paper should include a minimum of 4 sources.  Do not reconstruct the architect’s web page or follow the argument of a source verbatim in the organization of the paper. Your paper is intended to be a synthesis of a variety of research sources and your intellectual work.

f.  All of your sources should be cited in MLA style.  Include in-text references and a list of Works Cited at the end of your essay.

g.  Your text should be free of errors in grammar or punctuation and should be written in complete sentences.

3.  After you have completed the essay, begin work on a Power Point presentation based on your paper. 

a.  Include 7 images of the individual and their work: no more and no less. Use only one image per page unless you are doing a compare and contrast. Images must be of high digital quality. 

b.  Include the text of your essay in the “Notes” section of each slide, showing which part of the essay you will present along with that slide’s image. 

c.  Each slide should be titled to guide the viewer and help them to stay focused on each topic you cover in the presentation.

d.  The complete citation for each image should be included on the slide and also in the notes section.  The Notes section should also include full citations for any works cited.  The presentation should end with a list of Works Cited and a list of Images Cited.


Rudy Autio

Judy Chicago (Dinner Table)

Hans Coper

Ruth Duckworth

Shoji Hamada

Barbara Hepworth

Jun Kaneko

Ken Price

Lucie Rie

Toshiko Takaezu

Peter Voulkos

Betty Woodman