Chapel Gallery | Tommie Rush

September Chapel Gallery
Featuring work by Tommie Rush

Artist Statement
I want my work to convey the human touch and a link with nature. I work in the vessel format because I enjoy designing and using well-made, functional objects. There are many considerations that come into play when I start to work on a new series, such as the color palette I will use, the interplay of form and the surface treatment, and ultimately how the object will be used.

I feel we live in a world that is becoming less and less personal, and I view my objects as a link to something handmade and very individual and personal. I want my pieces to be held, touched and used to make the everyday more enjoyable. The pieces, of course, stand on their own as objects. I also have to confess to the fact that I am an avid gardener, especially of flowers, and I am selfishly on a quest for the perfect vase for every flower.

Each piece that I make is unique, no molds or preformed parts are used, and I feel it imparts to each vessel an individualistic feel. It is a combination of imaging, teamwork, skill of execution and many hours spent developing a vocabulary with my medium that enables each piece to appear effortless.”


September 1 - 30, 2021


All Day


5308 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919