'Representations of tourism expressed through creative ceramic practice,
with an emphasis on the printed photographic image'
Mass produced printed pictorial ceramic objects
have been widely available since the 1860s. Along with the photograph, these
can provide evidence or a nostalgic reminder of a holiday or event. Since its
invention in 1839, photography has evolved a close relationship with tourism
and has become an inseparable part of contemporary mass tourism. Within the
field of contemporary ceramics the use of print has become an increasingly
popular way to communicate ideas. The printed ceramic vessel is often used to purvey
or convey meaning.
The overall aim of this research is to investigate
representations of tourism (such as souvenirs and photography), developing a
body of ceramics to interpret these. Through the creation of artworks, it was
the intention to develop an appropriate visual language to communicate these
aspects of tourism. Overall, the methodological approach is centred around
the creative practitioner. To ensure a broad perspective, methods were adapted
from social science, such as participant observation, field studies and
photography. The main focus of the research is on two field trips undertaken to
Alberta, Canada and Philadelphia, USA. The objective of these was to engage
directly in individual ‘touristic’ experiences, gathering visual and textual source
The outcome of the research was two bodies of
artwork, informed by the trips undertaken. This consisted of printed ceramic
vessels communicating aspects of the researcher’s travel experiences, and
underpinned by the literature surveyed. A dialogue between tourism and
ceramics was created through the artworks.
University of Sunderland
Fiona Thompson M.Phil
A printed version of the full thesis is available at the University of Sunderland. I have decided to follow Paul Scott's example, and have made the PDF version available for download below (after all research is intended for dissemination!).This is for individual research purposes only; please acknowledge/reference if used in any publication/document. Contact me with any queries.