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Artist Shipley exhibits work at Trahern Gallery

For more than 30 years, Ken Shipley, associate professor of art at Austin Peay State University, has studied and perfected the art of sculpting with ceramics. Hes apprenticed under luminaries in that field, including Charles Count and Bill Ashley, and hes done everything from production pottery to large, one-of-a-kind vessel pieces. He has hand-built his work and molded pieces on a potters wheel. Hes used high-fire reduction, salt/soda, wood fires and electric kilns.
For more than 30 years, Ken Shipley, associate professor of art at Austin Peay State University, has studied and perfected the art of sculpting with ceramics. He's apprenticed under luminaries in that field, including Charles Count and Bill Ashley, and he's done everything from production pottery to large, one-of-a-kind vessel pieces. He has hand-built his work and molded pieces on a potter's wheel. He's used high-fire reduction, salt/soda, wood fires and electric kilns.

His work is now on display to the local community with a new exhibition, “Form is Content: The Ceramics of Ken Shipley.”

The show, which runs until Feb. 26 at APSU's Trahern Gallery, features a wide variety of the artist's work and is free and open to the public.

Shipley, who holds a B.A. in religious studies and a M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, has exhibited his work regionally, nationally and internationally. He was recently asked to exhibit in Shanghai, China, this April for a third time.

In the fall of 2008, Shipley had selected works exhibited in Vallauris, France, as a former resident of "AIR-Vallauris" and selected works exhibited in Statesboro, Ga., as well as the Austin Peay State University Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition. In August 2009 and May 2008, Shipley lead a workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. In May 2008, he traveled to the Vallauris, Nice and Cannes, France, area in order to organize a travel-study program through Austin Peay State University.

For more information on the upcoming show, contact the APSU Department of Art at 931-221-7333. -- Charles Booth