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Ceramics Research

Helpful links to resources for students of ceramics.

Steps to Writing Your Thesis

1. Concept Mapping(freely brainstorming keywords/concepts)

Add words as you continue to research.

2. Outlining(identifying relationships between the keywords/concepts)

Develop working thesis. What questions does the thesis raise?


3. Drafting(writing your thoughts about each concept)

How does what you are writing support the thesis?


4. Editing(looking over the draft and revising it so your meaning is clear)


5. Proofreading(getting the mechanics of grammar and style right)


Concept Map

Firing                    Molding            Pot


                Plate                    earthenware



            Greece                            slip


            Vitrification                silica

        Bowl                                pinching






Iron oxide    throwing


            color        England              decoration

Vessel                Kiln


Kaolin                slip-casting        plasiticity

        Delftware            copper            red

Selected eBooks from the Decker Library Catalog

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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