Ken Shipley Is Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. He has worked in ceramics for over 30 years and began his career as an apprentice to both Charles Counts in Rising Fawn, GA and Bill Ashley in Chattanooga, TN. Ken's work covers many aspects of ceramics, from production pottery to large one of a kind pieces, both wheel thrown and hand built. He uses high fire reduction, salt/soda, wood fire, and electric kilns. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Ken's work is in numerous private and public collections. His work can be seen in galleries in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Georgia, and has been exhibited widely in the United States, Italy, Germany, Japan, France, China, and England.
Take a workshop with us this June in the beautiful Smoky Mountains at John C Campbell Folk School! Here's a link to the class: https://classes.folkschool.org/class_details.aspx?pk=20584
Come and see our newest exhibition of work on April 5th at F & M Bank for Downtown Clarksville's 1st Thursday Art Walk. Ken will be showing his newest work from Italy. I (Melody) will be showing my newest work made while I had the studio all to myself!
We are also busy gearing up for our Spring Sale on April 28th from 9AM-5PM! If you can't make it that day, call us for an appointment. We have lots of great items and are making more! Enjoy a relaxing drive in the country, and find some handmade gifts for your friends and family, or yourself! We offer pottery of course, but did you know we also have handwoven clothing and other items as well as chain maille jewelry made by Eloise Freeman?
If you live too far away, remember we can ship!
Since 1996, when Melody completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, she has been a potter, finding her strength, peace, and inspiration from the beauty of nature, and then recreating her vision of that beauty in the forms and surfaces of the pots she makes. Each pot is a separate landscape, a separate path, or a separate person in her journey of life. Her work is thrown and altered and hand built using both stoneware and porcelain, and reduction fired in a gas kiln. She hand carves her pieces and applies several different layers of glaze to achieve the rich textures of her surfaces.
Melody's work has been sold and exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. She conducts workshops and teaches classes through programs at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, Artist in the Schools and the Community School of the Arts in Clarksville, TN.