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Phone (615) 896-0789 • Fax (615) 890-7204




A Professional Clay Artist with expertise in:


•   Ceramic Technology

•   Clay and Glaze Development

•   Kiln building and Firing Techniques

•   Production of Clay Art Pieces

•   Stoneware, Primitive, Raku, and Architectural Terra Cotta

•   Developing Teaching Methods and Fine Art Curricula

•   Fine Art Photography

•   Sculptural Form:

•   Techniques of Welding, Aluminum & Bronze Casting, Wood, Clay, and Plastics

•   Marketing and Promotion

STUDIO S POTTERY, Murfreesboro, TN   •   1972-Present    •   Owner and Operator


Owns and operates Studio S Pottery, a private clay workshop with galleries committed to the design, creation and exhibition of fine hand-made clay art work. One of the first privately owned studios in the Southeast to offer intern programs for clay artists.  This program continues to provide advanced training in design, technical and practical experience with clay, glazing, and kiln firing while also providing an emphasis on marketing and promotion. 


Maintains a large inventory of clay items in the studio’s two galleries. Specializes in personalized clay art objects often done through commissions, orders, or contracts.


Has and continues to offer private classes of instruction to the public for over 40 years, while at the same time garnering a national reputation for architectural terra cotta.  Studio S Pottery is one of only a few in the United State recommended by the U.S. government to produce architectural & ornamental terra cotta for use in the restoration of historical buildings.  






Post Graduate Work   Sculpture and Art History



Master of Fine Arts Degree; 1962. Major in Clay-Sculpture. Minors in Printmaking, Painting, and Art History



Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees; 1960.  ajors: Social Science and Fine Arts





Developed a glaze at the International Ceramic Symposium in Bechyne, Czechoslovakia that resulted in my work being selected for the permanent collection in the International Museum in Bechyne and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, Czechoslovakia




Research Grant – study of Pre-Columbian, Archaic and Classic Greek Ceramics.  The purpose of this study was to research and analyze the structural design, form, decoration, and techniques of Pre-Columbian, Archaic and Classic Greek ceramics.


Organizer and Director of the U.S.A. International Ceramic Symposia


Researcher and Supervisor for the Joe L. Evans Appalachian Center for Crafts      


Organizer of the Purchase Collection and Circulating Exhibits Program for the Tennessee Arts Commission


Founder of the Tennessee Craft Artist Association - It was established in 1964 and is now recognized statewide as an independent, non-profit organization    


Established the first Tennessee State Crafts Fair


Co-Founder of the Stones River Crafts Association; SRCA




Emerson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY; 1977

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Austin Peay State College, Clarksville, TN

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Middle Tennessee State University, Exterior Architectural Mural,  Murfreesboro, TN

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

Mississippi State College for Women, Columbus, MS

Eastern Kentucky State, Richmond, KY

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; 1968, 1975

Glenville State College – Glenville, WV

Tennessee State Crafts Collection, State Museum; 1970, 1973

Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czechoslovakia; 1970

International Symposium Museum, Bechyne, Czechoslovakia; 1970

First International Ceramic Symposium in USA,  Memphis, TN, State Collection;1973

Memphis Academy of Arts; 1973

Hunter Museum of Art – Chattanooga, TN Ceramic Sculpture; 1973

Evansville University – Evansville, IN; 1975

Florida State Junior College; 1974, 1988

National Endowment of the Arts – Washington, D.C.; 1976

Tennessee Bicentennial Art Collection – State of TN; 1976

Southern Federation of State Arts Agencies – Atlanta, GA Dec.; 1976

Governor and Mrs. Ray Blanton – Tennessee Crafts Fair May; 1976

Governor and Mrs. Windfield Dunn ; 1972

Governor and Mrs. Lamar Alexander; 1972 - 1998

Governor and Mrs. Ned Ray McWherter; 1989

Governor and Mrs. Don Sundquist;1998

Mayor Richard Fulton; 1976

Mayor Phil Bredesen; 1988

Senator Howard Baker;       1972, 1977, 1985

Senator Jim Sesser; 1976 – 1980

Senator Bill Brock; 1976

Vice President and Mrs. Al Gore

Representative Bart Gordon; 1989


White House Collection:

Jimmy Carter – Dinnerware; 1977

Richard Nixon – Gift from NEA; 1973

Ronald Reagan – Ceremonial Tray; 1982

George Bush Sr. – Dinnerware; 1990

Bill and Hillary Clinton - Ornament; 1996

National Republican Women - Washington, D.C. Dinnerware

Renwick Gallery Smithsonian Institute Washington, D.C.

Museum of Contemporary Crafts California; 1977

Bridgestone – Ceremonial Trays; 1989

Pillsbury – Ceremonial Trays; 1990)

American Marketing Association – Saturn Design Award; 1993

University of Alabama, Huntsville - Identification Plaque for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.




Lewis & Eric Snyder

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