Zach Tate

Research Associate, Ceramics


120 W Riley Hall of Art
Notre Dame, IN 46556

ph: 574.631.8659

Zach Tate


B.F.A. Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 2008

M.F.A. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2013

Artistic Profile

Zach Tate is an artist who utilizes clay as his primary art making material: “I see the figure as a universally palatable form: a common lexicon of comprehension. It is something that humans innately understand and even in its most abstract shapes, can find recognizable. Through this archetypal understanding, I use the figure as a vehicle for discussion.  Satirically sculpted forms are created to depict political figures (past and present), part and whole, as a means to reference time, place, and context.  The ceramic medium allows for a deeper exploration into the figure due to its flesh‐like qualities before it is fired and it's inherent fragility post firing.”

Tate exhibits his work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Concurrently with exhibiting, Zach has traveled to several countries in Asia and Europe to work with other artists on an array of projects. Along with his research in the ceramic material, Tate is a regular contributor to several ceramic publications and has articles published about his work, travels, experiences, and exhibitions reviewed.

Personal Webpages:

Zach Tate
Art Axis
Figurative Artist

Work Samples

Zach Tate Image 1
Father, Son & Holy Ghost
Low Fire Ceramic
24" x 10" x 16" 


Zach Tate Image 4
Neo-Con Piggy Bank 
Ceramic, Glitter, Resin & Band-Aids
14" x 12" x 10"


Zach Tate Image 9Vietnam 
Low Fire Ceramic
18" x 11" x 11"


Zach Tate Image 5
Bill's Butter Dish
Low Fire Ceramic
8" x 8" x 17"