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Identify the Problem & Ask Questions

What are some of the current trends in ceramic sculptures?

Who are current artists creating ceramic sculptures and what is their style?

How does one analyze the elements of the artist's style?

What vocabulary is unique to describing and analyzing ceramic sculpture?



    Assignment Specifics

    Remember: Identify an artist working with ceramics now. The artist you choose should:

    • Have a professional presence on the Web so that you can identify their location, age, education, and a gallery or museum where their work can be seen
    • Have a body of work so that you may choose at least four different works of art to highlight

    Search Strategies

    • Locate and search appropriate resources
    • Vary search terms (don't use the same search terms over and over again)
    • Think of synonyms
    • Use Boolean searching
    • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
    • Be creative
    • Search for a variety of sources - print text, video, audio, still images, speeches, interviews, charts, graphs, research and case studies, and more!

    Some search terms to try:

    • ceramics    
    • contemporary    
    • artist    
    • gallery    
    • sculpture    
    • functional    
    • abstract

    Select a Search Engine and use the suggested search terms:



    Usernames and passwords for subscription databases and e-books are located under the Contents section of the Edline homepage.

    Fine Arts and Music Collection (Gale/Cengage)

    Free Online Resources

    Take a moment to read the 'About Us' information.

    • Who is providing the information?
    • Where did the author find his/her facts, data, information?
    • What is the purpose of the site?
    • When was the site last updated?
    • What is the possible bias?

    Good examples:



    When you use someone else's words, work, thoughts, and/or ideas, you need to give the person credit. It doesn't matter whether you quote the person word-for-word or put it in your own words (paraphrase), you need to acknowledge where the words, work, thought, or idea originated. Otherwise, you are passing it off as your own.

    Be responsible.

    Be honest.

    Show integrity.


    Record Bibliographic Information

    Don't forget to record the following for each source you use:

    • Author/creator
    • Title of article, chapter, film, webpage
    • Page number
    • Name of magazine, newspaper, journal, book, website
    • Publication date
    • Name of subscription database (if used)
    • Format (web, print)
    • Date of access (if found online)

    Citation Resources


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