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Published: Fri Apr 13, 2007

Thomas Lowell Edwards will present a thesis exhibit in clay from April 17—23 in Gallery One of the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

An artist’s reception is set for April 21, from 7:30—9 p.m.

Edwards breaks the confines of traditional, functional pottery by removing the simple bowl form from its standard context and transforming it into installation sculpture. He creates mesmerizing patterns by combining thousands of ceramic bowls into fascinating arrangements.

Edwards was first inspired to create “bowl sculptures” from a picture of how East Asian potters display their work at market.

“This image set my mind in motion and generated an interest in how bowls can relate to one another when put in large quantities,” Edwards explained.

Introduced to clay and the potter’s wheel in high school, Edwards has been throwing for seven years. An apprenticeship in 2001 with master potter, Thanos Johnson, honed his skills and prepared Edwards for a life dedicated to artistic craft.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56; 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