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Published: Wed Sep 17, 2008

Kathryn Livesey, senior ceramics major at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft, was one of only 13 students from around the world recently featured in the “2008 Undergraduate Showcase,” presented by Ceramics Monthly magazine.

Ceramics Monthly is a prominent national magazine for ceramics artists, and Livesey’s inclusion provides recognition to the quality and skill of her craftsmanship, of her instructor, Vince Pitelka, and of her program of study at TTU’s Craft Center, officials say.

Livesey’s work, a ceramic teapot and cup, was featured in the magazine as part of the first edition of the undergraduate showcase issue.

“I’m not sure the term undergraduate accurately reflects the nature of what it is to study ceramics at the post-secondary level. Really, it just says you haven’t graduated; it says nothing of the commitment you may have made to your chosen field of study, and it certainly doesn’t convey the level of achievement we see in the works submitted for this showcase,” said Sherman Hall, editor.

Livesey said, “I like working functionally. I want to see people using what I make.”

She said she learned about TTU’s Craft Center from her high school art teacher, chose to attend because of its affordability and stayed because of its commitment to craftsmanship.

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.

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