Seventh graders from Richard Hardy School in South Pittsburgh observe
UTC Artist-in-Residence Mary Lynch.
During a cultural field trip to Chattanooga this week, teachers Mary
Claire Hill and Jane Cloer brought their seventh grade students from Richard
Hardy School, South Pittsburgh, Tennessee to see UTC Artist-in-Residence
Mary L. Lynch.
The teachers included their stop on the UTC campus when they learned through
this website that Lynch would be demonstrating her art on the portico
of the Lupton Library. Lynchs visit received the support of Lupton
Rennaisance Funds. The Artist-in-Residence worked with clay.
Lynch, a Chattanooga native, teaches throwing and handbuilidng classes
at the Chattanooga Arts Center for the City of Chattanooga. She also has
taught art history and ceramics classes at UTC. Her work can be seen at
Smiths Crossroads in Dayton, Tennessee.
After receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration
in sculpture from UTC in 1990, Lynch went on to receive her Masters
Degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond,
Virginia, in 1995.
Her interest in clay is combining its functional qualities with decorative,
often sculptural forms. The challenge is to push the decorative elements
as far as possible, yet to keep in mind such practical issues as glaze
safety, weight and stability, according to Lynch.
Lynchs personal history provides inspiration for her work. She says
she had an early fascination with her grandmothers hat making and
her mothers sewing and knitting skills. She is also inspired by
natural forms and complex textures like shells, lichens and leaves; the
sculpture of folk artists Howard Finster and Bessie Harvey; the work of
16-century ceramicist Bernard Pallissy; Rococo art and architecture and
the work of many feminist artists and art historians.