Chase Gamblin's BFA exhibit opens today at Craft Center

Chase Gamblin will present a Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis exhibition in ceramics April 17 through April 23 in the North Windows Gallery of the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

An artist’s reception is set for Friday, April 20, from 6—8 p.m.

Gamblin’s senior thesis show celebrates spontaneity and the unconventional in his work by throwing separate pieces that he later combines into stacked forms.

“The process and outcome of the work really excite me, since I can never predict how a piece will turn out until it is finished,” said Gamblin.

Adding to this sense of uncertainty is the wood-fire process.

“No matter how much you try to control the kiln, there are always unpredictable surprises,” he continued.

Gamblin enjoys the way the fire burns the surface of the clay and leaves random waves of color. The flashing of the fire accentuates the slip markings that characterize his work.

Gamblin was not interested in art until he discovered clay in high school. He has been throwing on the wheel for six years. He has just been accepted to Texas Tech University and plans to begin working toward a Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics in the fall.

The Craft Center is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56, and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information, call 615/597-6801 or 931/372-3051 or visit its web site at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.

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