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thumb Rachel_Clark_C.simumRachel Clark’s ceramic art could almost double as a biology lesson.

Clark, a senior at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, combines her interest in biology and talents at scientific illustration with her clay pieces, which have hand-painted animal skeletons on them. She says she was inspired to combine the two because soda-fired clay looks like bone, but the soft lines of clay remind viewers of the medium’s organic origins.

The Mount Joy, Pa., native will host her senior thesis show April 22 to 27 at the Center for Craft’s Gallery One. There will be a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

Her pieces have appeared in the Center for Craft’s annual juried student shows for the past three years, and this year her piece received the honorable mention. The shows include select items from each of TTU’s five art concentrations: metals, painting, glass, wood, fibers and ceramics.

Clark’s work has appeared for the past two years in the student-run Best of the Visual Art Society show. She also served as the club’s secretary in 2013. 

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. 

Center for Craft galleries are free and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.