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thumb 11_Inverted_Balusters_20_x_6_x_7Traditional Asian and Greek ceramics inspire Tennessee Tech University senior Sam Meketon when he sits down in the studio to blow glass.

That inspiration will fill one of the galleries at TTU’s Appalachian Center for Craft as Meketon hosts an exhibition of his work, called “Carved Treasures,” from April 15 to 29.

“The show is a culmination of what I take away from other cultures when translating my work into glass,” said Meketon, of Ambler, Pa. “All of these pieces are primarily created in opaque black glass with other colors that I expose through a carving process. The effects of this process show the viewer the beauty of the silhouettes of these pieces, and that there is something very simple and elegant when you choose just the right shade of black glass.”

A series of Meketon’s Chinese-inspired vessels won a Niche award for glass art made by a student in 2013. Two of his carved pieces were nominated for the same category this year. The Niche Awards are sponsored by Niche magazine and are open to professional and student artists across North America.

Several of his pieces also recently appeared in the Center for Craft’s annual juried student show, which included select items from each of TTU’s five art concentrations: metals, painting, glass, wood, fibers and ceramics. It was juried by the director of university galleries at Murray State University.

Meketon’s show is in the North Windows Gallery of the Center for Craft, which is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. He will host an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

To earn a bachelor of fine arts at Tennessee Tech, students are required to host a senior thesis show. The show is a culmination of all they have learned at the university, as well as a chance for them to work on developing artist statements and putting a show together at a gallery, doing everything from selecting pieces to displaying them.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at exit 273, Smithville/McMinnville. Go south on state Route 56 and turn left immediate after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Center for Craft.