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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gerda (Spurey) Gruber

(b. 1940) born in Bratislava, Slovakia, lives and works in Yucatán, Mexico Untitled, 1971 clay Gerda Gruber studied ceramics at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna from 1957 to […]

Sándor Horváth

(n.d.) 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 […]

Sylvia Hyman

(1917-2012) born in Buffalo, NY, lived in Nashville Crate of Books and Things, 2002 ceramic stoneware, 10.75 x 12 x 8.25 inches, 2005.54.2 Hyman received her bachelor’s degree in art […]

Stacey Irvin

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Lunch at Esther’s (Humanity in Focus, Kenya series), n.d. photograph, 2008.167.5 Irvin graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in philosophy and makes her career as […]

R. Lee Stone Jr.

(n.d.) 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 […]

Santo Mignosa

(b. 1934) born in Priolo, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy, lives 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 […]

Andrew Saftel

(b.1959) born in 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 […]

Bill Sawyer

(b.1936) born in Nashville, lives in North Carolina Hang on Little Brother, n.d. acrylic and wood, 86.19 A self-trained artist, Sawyer began painting while serving overseas in the U.S. Army […]

Chris Scarborough

(n.d.)  lives in Seattle, WA Untitled (Erin), n.d. digital photograph, 2009.54.7 In this photograph, Scarborough focuses on capturing the image of a woman with digitally enhanced eyes inspired by the […]

Dorothy Scates

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

Imre Schrammel

(b. 1933) born in Szombathely, Hungary, lives 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 […]

Brad Sells

(n.d.) lives in Cookeville Storm Blanket, n.d. wood carved sculpture, 30 x 35 x 21 inches, 2015.65.10 “My sculptural works stem the belief that all matter has the kiss of […]

Nathan Sharkey

(n.d.) lives in Nashville Meeting Place, 2004 photograph, 24 ¼ x 15 ¾ inches, 2007.122.4 Sharkey’s photojournalist and editor career has spanned over 20 years. He has worked at WTVF […]

Vitus Shell

(b.1978) born in 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 […]

Fred Shepard

(n.d.) 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 […]

Melis Van der Sluis

(b. 1931) born in Bolsward, Friesland, the Netherlands, lives 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lewis Snyder

(b. 1937) born in  Sandyville, West Virginia, lives in Murfreesboro Stoneware pot, 1973 clay, 20 x 11 inches, 77.36.6 Snyder received his B.A. and B.S. at Glenville State College in […]

Peter Sohngen

(b. 1963) born in Hamilton, Ohio, lives in Memphis Platter, 1973 raku, 1.75 x 13 x 13 inches, 93.39.11 Peter Sohngen was working towards a PhD in English literature at […]

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 […]

Kurt Spurey

(b. 1941) born in  Mariazell, Austria, lives 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Renée Stewart

(b.1963) lives in Sneedville and Kodak in Hancock and Sevier Counties Coon up a Tree, n.d. cedar carving, 2003.4.3 Renée Stewart specializes in carving animal and human figures, including dogs, […]

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 […]

Paula Swallows Stover

(b.1944), lives in Overton County 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 […]

Clarence Stringfield

(1903-1976) born in Erin TN, died in Nashville Bust of a Man, c.1968 wood, 12 1/4 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, 2002.9 Stringfield began working with wood as […]

Dorothy Sturm

(1910-1988) born and lived in Memphis Enamel and Glass on Copper, 1970 enamel, glass, and copper, 9.125 x 8.125 x .75 inches, 70.36.30 When Sturm turned 19, she left Memphis […]

Carl Cecil Sublett

(1919-2008) lived in Knoxville Sea Sands, 1967 oil on canvas, 40 x 40 ¼ inches, 80.57 Sublett attended Western Kentucky State College in Bowling Green, KY. He left college in […]

Sara Young

(b.1922) lived in Clinton Square footed slab box with brown glaze, 1970 4 x 4 x 4 inches, 70.36.18 Young is known for wheel thrown and occasionally slab built functional […]