Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Desert passages: Reflections in clay

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Richard Hyslin


A primary objective of an artist is to develop an aesthetic that is uniquely their own. The path toward achieving this aesthetic objective is, for the artist, one of personal discovery with each discovery building on the previous discovery and being constantly refined along the way. This exhibition paper presents the evolution of the discovery of my artistic aesthetic. The discovery starts with the personal experiences and emotions or values that inspire the works and ends with how those inspirations are reflected in the medium. My initial works were illustrative works created in mono-colored clays and completed with colored glazes. These works evolved to the current illusionary works created in colored clays and completed with mono-colored glazes, The artists whose works have also inspired and contributed to the ideas for my work and the further evolution of my own aesthetic are presented. The final chapter is a description and explanation of the pieces selected and created specifically for the MFA exhibition.


Copyright 2002 Opal Jane LeMaster. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American