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Ashton Ludden

Relay Ridge: Artist Collaborative Space

Printmaking, Drawing/Illustration, Mixed Media, Sign Painting / Plastic

Artist Statement: My work considers our relationship with wildlife as the natural world

becomes estranged through perpetual human expansion. I explore this relationship

through meticulous, repetitive processes such as hand-engraving, printmaking,

murals, ceramics, and weaving. I find these labor-intensive, traditional craft processes

provide a deeply meditative and focused quality in their demand for slowness – a

virtue nature preaches.

Artist Bio: Ashton Ludden lives and works in Knoxville, TN as an artist

and educator. She has a BFA in Engraving Arts & Printmaking from Emporia State

University and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee. Ludden

specializes in the traditional crafts of wood and metal hand-engraving, printmaking,

sign painting, and weaving. Ludden is the co-founder, director, and artist at Relay

Ridge, a collaborative artist space in Knoxville where fellow local artists have access to

private studios, a gallery, and a community printshop. She is enthusiastic about

sharing her artistic processes and has taught in various capacities at professional craft

institutions such as Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Penland School of Craft, and

John C. Campbell Folk School. Not only does she love sharing her expertise with

established artists, but also teaches upcoming young artists through community driven

programs such as TN Master Artist Apprenticeship Program, TN Governor’s School for

the Arts, and Knoxville’s Community School for the Arts.

Available for:

30 minute Artist Talk + Demo (in-person)

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