Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies
Art and Design
I find therapeutic qualities in all the aspects of my studio practice and haptic experience: from the grounding sensory experience of clay, the quiet meditative motions of creating and constructing, acceptance or repair of mistakes, and the integration of failures which may occur. Specifically, I channel my experience to explore the themes of growth, integration, and play. By exploring these themes in the quiet and safety of my clay-studio, I engage in the opportunity to investigate these themes on a formal, practical, and personal level. I create the forms by hand or on the potter’s wheel. After constructing the forms, I employ various methods of deconstructing, reconstructing, integrating, and repairing them if breakage occurs. On a practical level, I explore these themes through mixing various ceramic materials to create desired properties and workability in my clay. Or I may be inspired by an imperfection, failure, or mistake during or after the creation of a ceramic-object. On a personal level, being in my studio engages my senses and encourages me to slow down, be mindful, and reflect on recent events or interactions in my life. Through the processes and experiences inside the studio with an intrapersonal orientation—I intend to find pathways towards healing and hope for interpersonal connection and community outside the studio.
ceramics, community, conflict, growth, healing, hope, interpersonal, intrapersonal, studio practice
Art and Design | Art Practice | Ceramic Arts
© Dana A. Bridges
Bridges, Dana A., "Exploring Growth, Integration, & Play Working in Clay: Finding Pathways to Healing and Hope" (2023). MSU Graduate Theses. 3865.