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VISD 2003 History of Material Arts Ÿ Research Report


Write a research report about one work from the makers list below. Submit your report to Canvas by 12 noon on Nov. 27. The research report is 20% of the final mark.



Your report is an essay that includes the following analyses:

  • Formal, material and technical analyses of the work: describe the sensory and physical characteristics of the work; discuss of what and how it was made.
  • Compare the work with similar objects (such as works by the same maker, style or movement, media, period, etc.) to interpret the work and to support and verify your claims.
  • Contextualize the work: place it within its technological, social, historical, and/or cultural milieu. This context may be very narrow—a discussion of its place within a series or small group of objects by a specific maker—or very broad, considering it as representative of an entire category of objects, medium, style, or era.



Submit to Canvas as a PDF, DOC, or DOCX a text that is approximately 1250-1500 words in length (5-6 pages), typed, one-inch margins, 12pt font, with numbered pages. Your report must include photographs of oeuvre and comparison object/s as well as your list of references in MLA format.


Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Argument: Quality of your thesis, reasoning, and use of evidence (50%).
  2. Knowledge: Your essay demonstrates thorough observation, research, and understanding of the selected work and context and uses correct terminology (30%).
  3. Mechanics: Clarity of your essay’s organization, correct grammar, follows directions (20%).


Makers List:

Anni Albers (German, 1899-1994), textiles, jewelry

Robert Arneson (American, 1930-1992), ceramics

Kenneth Begay (Navajo, 1913-1977), jewelry

Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978), jewelry

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), textiles, jewelry

Ernest Chaplet (French, 1835-1909), ceramics

Monique Cliche-Spénard (Canadian, 1926-2013), textiles

Edward Colonna (French/American, 1862-1948), furniture, glass, jewelry, textiles

John Paul Cooper (British, 1869-1933), metalwork and jewelry

Walter Crane (British, 1845-1915), textiles

Lewis F. Day (British, 1845-1910), textiles

Théodore Deck (French, 1823–1891), ceramics

Erica and Kjeld Deichmann (Canadian, 1913-2007 and 1900-1963), ceramics

Auguste Delaherche (French, 1857–1940), ceramics

Sonia Delaunay (Ukrainian/French, 1885-1979), textiles

William De Morgan (British, 1839–1917), ceramics

Margaret De Patta (American, 1903-1964), jewelry

Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953), textiles

Jean Dunand (French, 1877–1942), lacquer

Charles Edenshaw (Haida, 1839-1920), wood, metalwork and jewelry

Lucien Falize (French, 1839–1897), jewelry

Lucien Gaillard (French, 1861–1933), jewelry

Emile Gallé (French, 1846–1904), glass

Annie Garnett (British, 1864-1942), textiles

Anna Maria Garthwaite (British, 1690-1763), textiles

(Peter) Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846-1920), jewelry

Paulding Farnham (American, 1859–1927), metalwork and jewelry

Eugène Fontenay (France, 1823–1887), jewelry

Georges Fouquet (France, 1862–1957), jewelry

Arthur & Georgie Gaskin (British, 1862-1928 and 1866-1934), jewelry

Maija Grotell (Finnish/American, 1899-1973), ceramics

Hector Guimard (French, 1867–1942), textiles, jewelry

Frank Gardner Hale (American, 1876–1945), jewelry

Thor Hansen (Canadian, 1903-1974), ceramics

Ferdinand Hauser (Austrian, 1864–1919), jewelry

Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956), metalwork and jewelry, textiles

Diane Itter (American, 1946–1989), fiber artist

Wenzel Jamnitzer (German, 1507/1508-1585), metalwork

Jessie M. King (Scottish, 1876-1949), jewelry, textiles, ceramics

Serizawa Keisuke (Japanese, 1895-1984), textiles

Hosteen Klah (Navajo, 1867–1937), textiles

Archibald Knox (British, 1864–1933), metalwork and jewelry

Florence Koehler (American, 1861–1944), jewelry

Henning Koppel (Danish, 1918-1981), jewelry

Sam Kramer (American, 1914-1964), jewelry

René Lalique (French, 1860–1945), glass and jewelry

Philippe de Lasalle (French, 1723-1804), textiles

Bernard Leach (British/Japanese, 1887-1979), ceramics

Max Läuger (German, 1864–1952), ceramics

Stanislav Libensky (Czech, 1921–2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, born 1924), glass

Marvin Lipofsky (American, 1938-2016), glass

Harvey K. Littleton (American, 1922-2013), glass

Charles Loloma (Hopi, 1921-1991), jewelry

Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh (Scottish, 1865-1933), textiles

Maria Montoya Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo 1887–1980), ceramics

Ruth Gowdy McKinley (Canadian, 1931-1981), ceramics

Mary Louise McLaughlin (American, 1847–1939), ceramics

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (French, 1695-1750), metalwork

Preston Monongye (Hopi, 1927-1987), jewelry

William Morris (British, 1834–1896), textiles

Koloman Moser (Austrian, 1868-1918), textiles, metalwork, glass

Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa, 1859 –1942), ceramics

Filippo Negroli (Italian, c.1510–1579), armor (metalwork)

Maria Longworth Nichols (American, 1849–1932), ceramics

Jessie Newberry (Scottish, 1864-1948), embroidery

Leona Nicholson (American, 1875–1966), ceramics

Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf (German/French, 1738-1815), textiles

Bernard Palissy (French, c.1510-c.1589), ceramics

Dagobert Peche (Austrian, 1887–1923), jewelry and metalwork, textiles

Kenneth Price (American, 1935-2012), ceramics

A.W.N. Pugin (British, 1812-1852), ceramics, textiles, jewelry

Bill Reid (Haida, 1920-1998), wood, metal, jewelry

Jean Revel (French, 1684-1751), textiles

Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American, 1865–1929), ceramics

Eliel Saarinen (Finnish/American 1873-1950), textiles

Frances Senska (American, 1914-2009), ceramics

Clara Sherman (Navajo/American 1914-2010), textiles

Hamada Shoji (Japanese, 1894-1978), ceramics

Arthur Silver (British, 1853-1896), textiles

Art Smith (American, 1917-1982), jewelry

Jennie Thlunaut (Tlingit, 1892–1986), textiles

Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, 1848–1933), ceramics, glass, jewelry

Phoebe Traquair (British, 1852-1936), embroidery

Henry van de Velde (Belgian, 1863–1957), ceramics, metalwork, textiles

Henri Vever (French, 1854–1942), jewelry

C.F.A Voysey (British, 1857–1941), textiles

Peter Voulkos (American, 1924-2002), ceramics

Josiah Wedgwood (British, 1730-1795), ceramics

Candace Wheeler (American, 1827-1923), textiles

Ed Wiener (American, 1918-1991), jewelry

Henry Wilson (British, 1864-1934), jewelry

Philippe Wolfers (Belgian, 1858–1929), jewelry

Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959), textiles, glass, ceramics

Zenji Miyashita (Japanese, 1939–2012), ceramics

Marie Zimmermann (American, 1879–1972), jewelry and metalwork


If you would like to write a report on an object by someone NOT on this list, you must get approval from me by Nov. 6.

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