Final Project Proposal

For my final project in this class, I had many ideas, having looked forward to taking this class for a few years, I had collected inspiration over time. During this class I have spent time working on my designs and trying to make pieces that are true to who I am as a person and…

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Roberto Lugo

I chose to research Roberto Lugo for my potter presentation because of his unique and innovative approach to ceramics. I first came across his art in my Art Activism class at my previous college during my sophomore year and I was intrigued by his revolutionary techniques and the statement that his work makes. In my…

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Cup Critique

For our first project we were told to make two mugs that related in some way, whether it was in size, scale, or design. In our first critique we chose one of our classmates work to look over and observe in order to give feedback. When looking at Dusty’s mug I saw that it was…

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My Work Thus Far

So far during this semester we have had assignments that have been preparing us to go forward as knowledgeable pottery students, demonstrating the basic techniques and information we will need. We began with the assignment to make two mugs, the requirements being that they had to relate in some way, and they had to have…

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American Belleek

American Belleek is a highly esteemed form of delicate china which is based off of the original Irish Belleek. It is made out of a very thin, white, almost translucent-looking porcelain material, which took many years to perfect in Ireland, and in the late 1800s it made its way over to the United States where…

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Taking Control

Before coming to IDS, I changed my major roughly four times in two years, yet I still could not find the program that felt right to me. At first, as most freshmen do, I came in not knowing what I wanted to study, and I planned to take classes and through that begin to figure…

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Losing Memories: The Impact of Social Media

As a child I grew up running around outside, playing all day long with my friends, with nothing but the natural world and our own imaginations. I consider myself to be lucky: my childhood was full of adventures and moments that have left me with unforgettable memories. A particularly memorable activity was having “everything wars”…

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Using a Camera as a Passport

Although it may have been written many years ago, the National Geographic article written by Robert Draper, The Power of Photography is still relevant to this day as it recounts the immense effect that photography has on our world. This beautifully written piece describes the importance and the power that a camera can hold, and…

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The Difference Between Information and Learning

The article, 18 Colleges Should Reconstruct the Unity of Knowledge, has many interesting points regarding the current system of education that is used in today’s society. The structure that is followed by the majority of higher education institutions is rigid and does not allow for innovation or creativity to design one’s own path, and rather…

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Does Connectivity Suffer in the Digital Age?

With the opportunities that the internet brings, it opens up high speed pathways to creating and inspiring social justice movements, but there are questions that wonder whether the rapid growth of those movements might in fact become a weakness in the long run. In a TedTalk given in 2014, Zeynep Tufekci spoke about this subject,…

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