Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Art and Art History

First Advisor

Matthew Long

Second Advisor

Kris Belden-Adams

Third Advisor

Virginia Chavis

Relational Format



Sobremesa is the culmination of five different ceramic sets handcrafted and uniquely made as a way to enhance the experience of eating and sharing food. This work honors the Latino and Hispanic tradition of Sobremesa, which is the time we spend sharing special moments with friends and family after eating. I explore the relevance of sharing meals as a member of a Venezuelan family and how these memories of my childhood before moving away to another country relates to the way in which I approach the creation of my functional vessel’s aesthetic and conceptual background.

The pieces that make up the sets in Sobremesa are all hand-built ceramic functional vessels that are coil and slab built with red clay, and bisque and glaze fired to cone 04. The Sushi Set and Coffee Set can be partially hung, and the Cocoa Set, Sake Set, and Charcuterie Board are free-standing.

Sobremesa expands on the importance of historical ceramics in our world, such as the Teotihuacan, Mayan, and Mimbres pottery, which have influenced the visual elements of my artwork and thoughts on what I want my pottery to express. Contemporary art and cultural references are used to explain the meaning behind color, presentation, and shapes found in Sobremesa.

Included in

Ceramic Arts Commons



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