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Joe Bova

(b. 1941, Houston, Texas) lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico Illustrious Frilled Footed Slug, 1973 porcelain, 8.25 x 17 x 6.75 inches, 93.39.16 Joe Bova loved to draw animals from early childhood, and after he grew up and served in the United States Air force from 1960 to 1964, he decided to attend […]

Jeanne Brady

(n.d.) lives in Smithville, TN Spring (Hope Eternal), 2014 hand screen printed and resist dyed linen, silk, and wool. Fiber reactive and acid dyes, 52 x 16 inches, gift of the artist Brady received her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing and M.F.A. in surface and textile design at East Carolina University. For the last 19 […]

Joe Brown

(n.d.) lives in Readyville Music Stand, 2003 hand-forged iron, 45 x 24 x 15 inches, 2003.112.2 The technique of heating metal and forming it into works of art was the intriguing factor that led Brown to become a blacksmith. For over twenty years, he has continued to be inspired by nature, which is reflected in […]

Joan Campbell

(1925-1997) born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia and lived and worked in Scarborough, Perth, Western Australia The Egg, 1973 clay, 28 x 60 inches, 93.39.239 One of Australia’s outstanding ceramic artists, Joan Campbell got her start with pottery later in life when she took a hobby class in her mid-thirties. She soon began to pursue it […]

John Cox

(n.d.) lived in Shelby County Made in the USA, artists proof, 1972 serigraph on paper, 24 x 24 inches In 1972 this work was selected as a purchase prize by the Tennessee Arts Commission from the more than 150 entries that were on exhibit at the Dulin Gallery (now the Knoxville Museum of Art). The […]

James Darrow

(b. 1939) Lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee Green Headdress Jar, 1975 clay, salt glaze, 14.5 x 9.75 x 6.5 inches, 93.39.14ab In the spring of 1971, under the auspices of the International Academy of Ceramics, the Tennessee Arts Commission pledged its support for the promotion and establishment of the U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums. The […]

Hoyt “Jake” Davis

(1925-2015) lived in Woodbury Rocking Chair white oak and hickory wood, nails, 45 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches, 2002.52 One of five chairmaking sons of locally renowned chair craftsman George Washington Davis, Jake Davis ran one of over thirty active chair shops in Cannon County. He made chairs and shared his craft […]

John Donovan

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Brave Foo-Foo, n.d. clay raku fired terracotta, 16 x 12 x 26 inches, 2015.65.9 Brave Foo-Foo is a warrior mounted on a Haniwa styled horse with a Hello Kitty inspired image on a flag. Haniwa (“clay cylinder” in Japanese) terracotta sculptures were used as funerary objects during the Kofun period in […]

James Gibson

(1937-2018) born in Charleston, WV, lived in Murfreesboro Bird, 1977 steel, 23 x 13 inches, 77.36.9 Gibson earned a B.S. and B.A. from Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston, WV). In 1961 he received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. In 1970 Gibson began teaching sculpture at Middle Tennessee […]

John Huron

(n.d.) lives in Bristol Handmade Fretless Mountain Banjo, n.d. black walnut, groundhog hide, 37 ½ x 10 x 1 ¾ inches, 2002.50 Huron is a musician and builder of a variety of historical instruments. He combines music, history, and folklore in classes and demonstrations throughout the United States to preserve the heritage of Appalachian instruments […]

Simon Jackson

(b.1959) lives in Eads in Fayette County Power Out, 2000 assemblage, 17.25 x 28.5 x 28.5 inches, 2001.31 Self-taught artist and builder of miniatures, Jackson uses tiny two-by-fours and minuscule nails made from old battery cable wires to create realistic touches in creating diminutive versions of old landmarks before they are destroyed. It may take […]

Nan Jacobsohn

(b. 1948) lived in Fairview, TN, moved to Montana Stick House, 2010 handbuilt clay sculpture, glaze and underglaze, 32-36 inches tall Jacobsohn graduated from Pasadena College with a bachelor’s degree in Art Education and received a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. After teaching high school art in California, Massachusetts, and Georgia, she spent […]

Lester Jones

(n.d.) lives in Memphis Mother and Child, 2011 raku clay, wire, 22 x 10 x 12 inches, 2015.65.32 I am proud to have been featured on HGTV, proud to be a member of Tennessee Craft Southwest, and proud to have worked 38 years to inspire over 11,400 art students. Currently, I teach art with the […]

John Jordan

(b.1950) born in Cane Ridge, lives in Nashville Pecan Spiral, 2001 pecan, 10 x 12 x 10 inches, 2003.112.5 Self-taught woodturner and teacher, Jordan is known for producing one of a kind turned and carved textured wooden vessels. He often travels internationally giving demonstrations, lectures, and workshops for turning groups, universities and craft schools throughout […]

John Petrey

(b.1958) born in California, lives in Chattanooga Copper Bodice with Twig Skirt, n.d. copper, brass, wood, 55 x 33 x 24 inches, 2015.65.12 Finding artistic inspiration through perusing junkyards and flea markets, Petrey’s sculptural garments are easily recognized by his inclusion of unusual and unlikely materials such as flattened bottle caps, plastic forks and spoons, […]

Joseph Pugh

(1945-2015) from Marion, VA, lived in Johnson City Bottle Vase, 1969 wheel-thrown clay, 7 x 6 inches, 70.36.9 Pugh received a M.F.A. in ceramics from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.  This clay vase was created around the time he graduated from ETSU. The vase traveled throughout the state from 1970-1972 as part […]

Jim Vienneau

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Robot Factory, 2007 (detail) ink, 96 x 30 inches, 2015.65.5 A Nashville native, Vienneau received a B.F.A. in advertising design with a minor in illustration at Memphis College of Art. He worked as a graphic designer and art director for six years before establishing his own firm in 1990. He has […]