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James Ito, a senior in art history, was awarded an URCO Grant in the spring of 2011 to produce and write a catalog of objects in the teaching collection of the Ceramics area. He worked with students from ceramics and graphic design to put together the images and design the catalog, entitled “Legacy in Fire.” He has donated a significant number of the printed catalogs to the Ceramics Guild, and they will be available to the public at the Chili Bowl Sale. Next, he plans to stage an exhibition of the objects from the catalog in Gallery 102 in the spring of 2012.
Bobby Free worked under the direction of Dan Murphy During the Spring semester 2008. His undergraduate research focus was to create innovative results of finished ceramic work while firing his kiln at a lower temperature of 2228°F, as opposed to the traditional 2350°F. By lowering the temperature he could create his own unique aesthetic style while reducing fuel consumption. His research included working with a variety of blended clays, glazes and slips to determine their reaction during a type of atmosphere firing when sodium is introduced into the kiln. Bobby presented his work at the state capitol for the annual Research on Capitol Hill event.
Courtney (Hill) Edwards worked with me as an Undergraduate Research Fellow from 2004-2008. Her work as a UGRF was diverse, ranging from helping me with translations of medieval Spanish texts for an article I was preparing to single-handedly organizing an exhibition of local landscape painters at the Thatcher Young Mansion. She was twice awarded URCO grants to fund her projects, including a research trip to the Bancroft Library of Rare Books at UC Berkeley, where she conducted archival research and was mistaken for a graduate student by the archivists. Her undergraduate Honors thesis "Translations of Jess" on the Beat-era San Francisco artist, Jess, was a huge success; she presented her findings at the Undergraduate Research Showcase as well as in a public lecture at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in the spring of 2008, and she was awarded the Peak Prize for Undergraduate Researcher of the Year in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, for the 2007-2008 academic year. Courtney was a double major in Art History and English Education, with a minor in Classics; she is now teaching humanities and Latin at an academic-acceleration charter school.