Date of Award

May 2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Ann Clarke


Art, Ceramics, Clay, Installation Art, Recovery, Sobriety

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities


The primary purpose of this thesis is to explore the therapeutic use of clay as a dual artistic and recovery practice. My research within my studio practice encompasses the themes of addiction, recovery, labor, and time. Within this paper I connect my recovery practice with my artistic practice and utilize a personal narrative to guide the reader through my methodology. First the paper opens with depictions of my daily studio process, then discusses past installations and works, and finally biographic information of my background as a studio potter. Four poems and a song are used to introduce and separate sections of writing. This document serves to position my artistic practice, clarify the visual exhibition of this thesis, and act as a marker of my personal and artistic progress.


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