Bill Capshaw・ Clay
“I am a ceramic artist who just loves to create and teach art. When you view my work, it is my hope that the desire to touch it and investigate the surface and form becomes such an overwhelming urge, you cannot resist touching the art. My classic forms are conceived using simple line work with the basic shapes and design elements. Glaze and embellished surface decoration work together for contrast and emphasizing the compositional message. Each work has its own beginning and ending as is described by its visual imagery or by its own unique inscription.”
Bill Capshaw has a BFA in ceramics and an MFA in printing processes from East Tennessee University. He taught painting, drawing and pottery at Oak Ridge Art Center and worked for Union Carbide Company in 1977. Career highlights include chairing the Pottery Studio and serving as Board President for Oak Ridge Art Center. Capshaw volunteered with Tennessee Arts Commission and served as grants application reviewer for At Risk Youth grant category.
His work is in private collections and in the permanent collections of the Tennessee Arts Commission, Hunstville Museum of Art, and East Tennessee State University’s Reece Museum. He was named Artist of the Year (1998) by the Arts Council of Greater Knoxville.