Ceramics Masters Theses


This studio-based program offers a contemporary, urban context for rigorous investigation and dialogue in support of individual artistic development. Graduate study – and the inherent invitation to take risks and reinvent personal processes and thinking – occurs in the privacy of individual studio spaces, through independent research and experimentation in consultation with faculty advisors, as well as through inspiring interaction with peers. Many MFA candidates also choose to enrich and broaden their practice through interdisciplinary work.

In the final semester, degree candidates focus on creating a comprehensive body of work under the guidance of a thesis committee. All MFA candidates produce a written thesis, present an independent thesis exhibition and participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition a large-scale public show held annually.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016


Memory: tangible decay & growth, Rebecca J. Buglio


Empathic exchange, Yu-Jung Kim


Between material and landscape, Martin McDermott

Theses/Dissertations from 2015


The self reconfigured, Soe Yu Nwe