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APSU alumna, local artist has vase collection on display in Woodward Library

Patrons walking into Woodward Library at Austin Peay State University might notice vases or vase-like sculptural forms on display.

They are what Melody Shipley calls “a potter’s version of landscape painting.”

“The designs I carve are based on my love of grass blowing in the wind, rain on the windows, and the deep blue summer sky,” Shipley said.

Shipley’s vase collection, titled “Summer Landscapes,” will be on display through June and July in the campus library. The public is invited to view her work.

Patrons walking into Woodward Library at Austin Peay State University might notice vases or vase-like sculptural forms on display.

They are what Melody Shipley calls “a potter’s version of landscape painting.”

“The designs I carve are based on my love of grass blowing in the wind, rain on the windows, and the deep blue summer sky,” Shipley said.

Shipley’s vase collection, titled “Summer Landscapes,” will be on display through June and July in the campus library. The public is invited to view her work.

Shipley’s work has been exhibited and sold regionally, nationally and internationally. Her most recent exhibition was  "Pots and Sketches" with Jim Diehr at the APSU Downtown Gallery in Clarksville. Her work also was shown in the 2007 World Exhibition of Lucky Pig Teapot celebrating the Chinese New Year in Zhujiajiao, China. 

Her work has had numerous collectors, including the Shanghai Museum, and can currently be seen at Seasons: The Museum Store in Clarksville, the Clarksville Downtown Market and in her home studio. She conducts regional workshops, such as at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., and in area public schools through the Artist in the Schools program and the Community School for the Arts at APSU.

Shipley is a 1996 graduate of APSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. -- Melony Shemberger