An exhibit of pottery by Michael Ashley of Tupelo opened this week in the Anderson Hall Art Gallery on the Booneville campus of Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Ashley’s work remains on display until February 13. Gallery Hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Ashley grew up on a farm in Green County Mi. where he explored the rivers and streams of the Ozark Mountains. He graduated from College of the Ozarks with a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Ceramics before moving to Tachi, Taiwan where he did a one year pottery residency at Tainan National University for the Arts. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Mississippi with an Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He has taught at Missouri State University, the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia Pa. He is currently making pots in Tupelo at Ashley Studio Pottery and teaching at Northeast.
“My work invites touch,” Ashley said. “Like a stone plucked from a riverbed, I love pots that are smooth in the hand but have a rugged, natural beauty. I observe a constant erosion and evaporation that takes place in my daily environment. I strive for layers of visual depth combining slip, glaze and texture to recall this geological wearing. Traditional utilitarian forms are the vocabulary for my investigation, surfaces are a combination of historic patterns and motifs mixed with the vibrancy and life of midcentury abstract expressionist paintings.”
For more info contact Northeast art gallery director Terry Anderson at email@example.com or 662-720-7336.