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Senior clay exhibition for Pate planned at Craft Center

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Allison Pate will host her senior thesis exhibition titled “Viridity” Dec. 6- 11 at the Appalachian Center for Craft.

Allison Pate will host her senior thesis exhibition titled “Viridity” Dec. 6- 11 in the Front Gallery of Tennessee Tech’s Appalachian Center for Craft. A reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, from 4- 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Pate drew inspiration for her work in clay from memories.

“Some of my fondest memories are from our garden, working together with my family, and from exploring the bounties of nature with my brother and sister,” she said. “We often played outdoors as children, building forts, collecting rocks, and utilizing the tools nature had to offer.  These moments of playing in nature serve as the foundation for the way I work with clay.  Clay has a natural memory that documents the movements of the maker.  It is through this memory that I find purpose and meaning.”

Born and raised in Cottontown, Tennessee, Pate uses clay as her medium. She has always been interested in the arts, and began pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft under the instruction of Vince Pitelka.

She is set to graduate with her degree in December of 2017. Her work focuses on making utilitarian wares inspired by experiences growing up with close ties to nature. She uses terracotta clay with energetic surface decoration and fires her work to cone-3 in a salt kiln.

Pate is interested in teaching children the bounties of clay and is currently teaching in the university’s outreach program. After graduation, she plans on pursing teaching opportunities and being a practicing studio artist.

She is currently represented in Appalachian Center for Crafts’ Gallery in Smithville, Tennessee and High Tea Garden in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is conveniently located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Hwy. 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 www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.