Master Artist Apprentice Program (MAAP) on Exhibit September 22 – November 10

By Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design –

MAAP is a cooperative partnership of the Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Craft. The mission of this collaboration is to encourage and invest in the continuation, advancement and creation of Tennessee craft by recognizing the role of the master craft artist and apprentice relationship as a way to preserve the state’s cultural heritage.

This year, Tennessee craft masters shared their significant skills and creative aptitude by providing one-on-one mentoring instruction with apprentice artists to encourage, strengthen and grow their artistic foundation. MAAP cultivates the traditional master/apprentice relationship by awarding selected artists with a grant to ensure craft art is nurtured and not lost in Tennessee.

The following partners worked together to sustain craft for the next generation:

  • Glass: Thomas Spake, Master (Chattanooga) and Debbie Pancake, Apprentice (Ooltewah)
  • Wood: Alfred Sharp, Master (Woodbury) and Chris Johnston, Apprentice (Nashville)
  • Ceramics: Dale and Brin Baucum, Masters (Memphis) and Rachel Stovall, Apprentice (Memphis)

The Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery is free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and located at 401 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243, 615.741.1701 (V/TDD). To schedule a gallery tour, contact Krishna Adams at 615.532.9798. For ADA inquiries, contact Kim Johnson at 615.532.979.

Image credits from L to R, top to bottom: Thomas Spake, Water’s Descent, 2017; Alfred Sharp, Ruby Bowl, 2017; Dale Baucum, Dale’s Teapot, 2017; Debbie Pancake, Linear Facets, 2017; Chris Johnston, Alfred Cabinet, 2017; Rachel Stowell, 3-Tea Bowls, 2017.