Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Kelvin Ramirez


The topics of sexual satisfaction, communication, and behaving communally towards each other piques the interest of lay people and academics alike. Yet, what is less researched is the potential of art making with clay to influence sexual communication and satisfaction. The innate physicality of (co-) creating has the potential to increase our attunement with our own and each other’s bodies. This in turn has the possibility to directly affect sexual satisfaction and communication. Through the creation of a method and its implementation with three couples and one individual, presented as case studies, this thesis investigates clay-work’s ability to influence sexual satisfaction, promote communication, and encourage communal behaviors. The use of clay-work was found to have varying effects on the participants. Themes of communication styles, the dynamic of sexual communication and satisfaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, unstructured play, and trauma arose during the interviews. Ultimately, this study’s method highlighted a unique spectrum of effects clay-work can have on individuals and couples.

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