Chuck Pate

Chuck Pate's career in Ceramics started in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, at the age of 11, under the teachings of Jim Goodridge.  After finishing his Bachelors Degree in Studio Art at the University of Southern Indiana, he began Graduate Studies at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  During graduate school, Chuck was invited to be the studio assistant for internationally recognized ceramics artist Peter Callas.  Chuck then completed his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in December of 2007.  Since that time, Chuck has been living and working in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He has taught Woodfiring at the Indianapolis Art Center.  In the last two years he has continued his exploration of woodfiring techniques by working alongside artists Joe Bruhin, Ron Meyers and Rand Heazlitt.

Chuck's most recent works have been fired in the tradition of the Japanese style Anagama Kiln.  In Anagama firing the work is typically placed in the kiln with no glaze, multiple days of firing deposits ash on the ware leading to unique surfaces.  This process is laborious in it's nature but the end result is ethereal in its subtlety.  Many of the works in the exhibition are products of an Easter firing in the Rand Heazlitt anagama and truly highlight the vast array of surfaces possible in a singe firing.


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