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The prairie is an underappreciated ecosystem. This is evident comparing the amount of US protected land: according to the 2018 Land Areas Report, there are 50 times more acres of National Forest as National Grassland. To change this unappreciation, I endeavor in this project to aid people in seeing the prairie as a complex, beautiful, and interesting ecosystem. My method is to present scientific knowledge about the prairie through the medium of ceramic art. Specifically, the project explores relationships between biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in the ecosystem. The ceramic works entail a large amount of functional pottery with complex designs and glazes to show their topic. Signs accompany the ceramic work, providing background information about the specific science concepts presented and as well as providing leads and keywords to help viewers search for more information. The ultimate goal of this project is to entice people to explore the prairie on their own.

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