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International Ceramic Symposiums, 1973, 1975 and 1985

The U.S. International Ceramic Symposiums in Tennessee In 1963 the first International Ceramic Symposium was established in Austria by ceramicist Kurt Ohnsorg with the idea of bringing ceramic artists from different countries and with different point of views to work together for a month fostering a creative exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies. The Symposium […]

Sandra Blain

(b. 1941, Chicago, Illinois) lives and works in Arizona, Totem, 1975, stoneware, salt glaze, 36 x 14 inches, 93.39.247 Sandra Blain received her B.S. in Education in 1964 from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, and she earned her M.S. in Art in 1967 and her M.F.A in Ceramics in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin in […]

Silvia Defraoui

(b. 1935, Vufflens-le-Chateau, Switzerland) lives and works Switzerland and Spain, Raku, 1973, clay, 4.5 x 3.25 x 3.5 inches, 93.39.256 Silvia Defraoui was raised in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and at the age of 15 she traveled to Algiers, Algeria, to study painting at the School of Fine Arts. Right before the outbreak of the Algerian War […]

Gerda (Spurey) Gruber

(b. 1940, Bratislava, Slovakia) lives and works in Yucatán, Mexico Gerda Gruber studied ceramics at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1957 to 1962, and right after graduating she married fellow Austrian ceramicist Kurt Spurey. Together they founded a studio with college friends Iris Brandel and Elisabeth Schaffner, which ran until Gerda and […]

Sándor Horváth

Lives and works in Romhány, Hungary, Hand Sculpture II, 1975, salt glazed stoneware, 15.25 x 4 inches, 93.39.176 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 Symposium’s mission to help develop […]

R. Lee Stone Jr.

Astral Entry, 1974, print, 16 x 13 inches, 1998.134 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 exhibit, Tennessee Printmakers 1972 traveled throughout Tennessee for two years.

Santo Mignosa

(b. 1934, Priolo, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy) lives and works in North Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, Sculpture, 1973, raku glazed stoneware 15.25 x 6.75 x 4 inches, 93.39.262 Additional images below. Santo Mignosa has had a deep connection to clay his whole life. Born in Sicily, Italy, as the youngest of twelve children, he was expected to […]

Andrew Saftel

(b.1959 New Bedford, MA) lives in Pikeville La Frontera, 2010 (detail) woodcut print #2/17, 36 x 66 inches (unframed), 2015.65.19 In La Frontera (or the Border), Saftel uses 33 colors to create a bright and colorful impression. La Frontera references the border between Mexico and the U.S. based on Saftel’s experience and is further implied […]

Dorothy Scates

(n.d.) Turkey Track Quilt, 1974 72 x 86 inches, 77.36.58 The Turkey Track quilt design was originally called the Wandering Foot.  Detail

Imre Schrammel

(b. 1933, Szombathely, Hungary) lives and works in Budapest, Hungary, Animal Head, 1973, stoneware, wood, 7 x 3 x 3.25 inches, 93.39.84 Additional images below. Imre Schrammel studied ceramics at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, Hungary, from 1952-1957, after which he immediately started working as a professor there. He became interested in industrial […]

Vitus Shell

(b.1978 Monroe, LA) lived in Memphis Beautiful Sunday Magnolias, 2005 painting on canvas, 37.25 x 49.25 x 1.25 inches, 2015.65.2 Shell has participated in university, museum, and private gallery exhibits across the country from painting a mural for the National Civil Rights Museum’s NBA Pioneers exhibit to being commissioned to create public art through the […]

Fred Shepard

Lives and works in Murray, Kentucky, Injured Bull, 1973, raku, 1.25 x 20 x 20 inches, 93.39.210 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 Symposium’s mission to help develop a […]

Melis Van der Sluis

(b. 1931, Bolsward, Friesland, the Netherlands) lives and works in Hamilton, New Zealand, Japanese Show Lantern, 1973, clay, 9 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches, 93.39.21 When Nazi Germany occupied his hometown of Bolsward in the Netherlands, Melis Van der Sluis was only nine. Even after WWII finished, it was still difficult to make a life there, […]

Dolph Smith

(b. 1934) lives in Ripley in Lauderdale County Tennarkippi Tales: Journey to Canterbury wood, graphite, copper, paint, 17 ¾ x 20 ½  x 10 inches 2005.61.2 My first class was with Burton Callicott, and he became a teacher then a mentor, and we taught together at the college and became really good friends. – Smith […]

Roger R. Smith

(b.1943), lives in Culleoka in Maury County Untitled, (detail of peach seed carvings on platter), 2001 cherry platter, peach seeds, metal, paint, glue, 10 x 15 x 4.25 inches, 2002.45.10 This is an oval cherry platter upon which each section of fencing is carved from a peach pit. A total of six peach pit carved […]

Lewis Snyder

(b. 1937, Sandyville, West Virginia) lives and works in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Stoneware pot, 1973, 20 x 11 inches, 77.36.6 Snyder received his B.A. and B.S. at Glenville State College in West Virginia and his M.F.A. at Ohio University in Athens. He also studied in Rome and Italy. In 1970 Snyder was invited to participate in an International […]

Peter Sohngen

(b. 1963, Hamilton, Ohio) lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee, Platter, 1973, raku, 1.75 x 13 x 13 inches, 93.39.11 Peter Sohngen was working towards a PhD in English literature at Claremont Graduate University when he became fascinated with the ceramic work that the art students were doing at the time. Later, he went to Istanbul, […]

Laura Solomon

(b.1943) lives in Ripley in Lauderdale County Ripley Choctaw coil pitcher white clay, 5 x 4.25 inches, 2004.50.36 In the construction of the pitcher, white clay was put through a screen mesh to remove roots and small stones. The coil pottery method was used in the formation, while a knife was used to smooth out […]

Kurt Spurey

(b. 1941, Mariazell, Austria) lives and works in Wein, Austria, Form NR21, 1973, porcelain, 13 x 12 x 2.75 inches, 93.39.43 Kurt Spurey studied silicate technology at the Technical and Commercial Institute in Vienna, Austria, after which he married fellow Austrian ceramicist Gerda Gruber in 1962. Together they founded a studio with college friends Iris Brandel […]

Brenda Stein

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Lullaby of Birdland, 2005 magnolia wood turned bowl, 5.25 x 9 x 7.75 inches, 2005.132 This bowl has a petite foot and an undulating rim edged in the outer layer of bark. To get concentric rings in the body of the bowl, the axis of the turning was oriented to the […]

Butler Steltemeier

(b.1959) lives in Leiper’s Fork Tennessee Circus Sheep, 2005 (detail) watercolor on clay board, 22.5 x 60 inches 2005.131 Steltemeier studied at Spring Hill College and at the New York Art League. She has received awards by the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society and is also listed in the Who’s Who of […]

Walter Hollis Stevens

(b.1927-1980) lived in Knoxville Fargo, 1967 (detail) acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 55.5 inches, 90.36.5 As one of the acclaimed Knoxville Seven in the 1960’s, Stevens was fresh on the scene of abstract expressionism for East Tennessee and an early faculty member of the University of Tennessee’s art department. His work lives in numerous collections […]

Renée Stewart

(b.1963) lives in Sneedville and Kodak in Hancock and Sevier Counties Coon up a Tree cedar carving, 2003.4.3 Renée Stewart specializes in carving animal and human figures, including dogs, raccoons, mules, horses, ladies washing clothes and farmers in overalls. Renée learned woodcarving skills from her grandfather, Alex Stewart, a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship […]

Rick K. Stewart

(b.1960) lives in Kodak in Sevier County white oak and cedar tub, 16 inches, 2003.5.2 Sixth generation cooper Rick Stewart learned from his grandfather Alex Stewart’s master crafting and artistry skills. In 1983 Alex Stewart received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, America’s highest honor for traditional artists Grandchildren Rick […]

Paula Swallows Stover

Paula Swallows Stover (b.1944), Tennessee Star, 2017, Plywood, acrylic, epoxy, 2 x 2 feet Paula Swallows Stover (b.1944) is the 5th generation to live and work on Ivy Hill Farm; a Tennessee Century Farm (1858) in Overton County, TN. Paula worked as a substitute teacher with the Overton County school system for many years at […]