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Aleta Chandler sculptures at ArtWalk

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Article Published: Nov. 21, 2012 | Modified: Nov. 21, 2012
Aleta Chandler sculptures at ArtWalk

Aleta Chandler’s sculptures are now available at ArtWalk.

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Aleta Chandler lets her imagination get the best of her – and in a good way.

A sculptor by trade, Chandler said she lets her imagination contort forms reminiscent of architecture into structures of whimsy.

The results, she said, are “static, uplifting or ready for mobility,” some being more obvious interpretations and others more obscure.

Viewers can see for themselves, as Chandler’s work is now on display and for sale at ArtWalk in Boone. Her structures push boundaries in their existence and, for Chandler, represent marked experiences in life “or stand as mantras to help remind me to be a better person.”

The pieces are made with stoneware clay with impurities that show as black specks on the surface. Chandler feels the color adds warmth, and the black specks give a dilapidated look. Additional hues come from oxides and colored slips. Most of the pieces also have steel or brass nails fired into the clay.

Chandler received a BFA in metalsmithing and a MFA in ceramics at East Tennessee State University. Though she enjoys working with many types of media, Chandler said she is foremost a potter. Currently, she works in her home studio in Gray, selling her work through local galleries and teaching clay classes.

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail ( or visit

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