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SNYDER, STACY
SNYDER, STACY
VIRGINIA

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Each pot seeks its own place. The place found where a cup sits on a saucer, within a family of bowls, the horizon and visual landscape created by a group of bottles, or on one’s own kitchen table. The boundaries of such places are both defined by and crossed by familiarity.

We find comfort in what we understand and are intrigued by what we do not. Function plays roles in creating a sense of familiar that works to invite
use and understanding. Coffee finds its way easily into a cup that is simple and comfortable. Within the relationships of the pots to one another a dynamic is built that clearly describes a map for where one pot should go; on the saucer, next to the similar form, in your hand. Familiarity can also be found in the landscapes that these series or sets of pots create that is similar to a group of buildings on a horizon.

I am inspired by the landscapes and structures that have surrounded me during my life. I grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia and have lived in the middle of a city. The silos, corncribs, wooden barns and rural structures that time has weathered and pulled influence my forms, spaces and the relationships of the pots to one another. I am fascinated by the water towers perched atop tall city buildings and the limited space that has forced the buildings to be more vertical. The glazing and patterns are derived from old tools, the bold lines of a plowed field or a weathering wall. Color brings each piece to life, beginning with the color of grass in the winter or the earth I remember playing with as a child and adding to it a cardinal or a redbud in bloom.

I hope to direct the pots to find an intimacy with a moment; the moment of touch, frozen in time by the heat of the kiln or the moment of use. I would like to make pots to enter into a person’s life and to heighten an awareness of time and elevate an experience of place. Functional pots have the ability to be a part of a home in an intimate way, adding a sense of character and individuality to the daily habits of eating and drinking. Pots can participate in and affect their environment, transforming the act of buttering toast into a ritual or remembered experience. It is my hope that each pot brings its own unique experience to the user and offers a moment of reflection and joy.


EDUCATION
1998
Master of Fine Arts The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
1996
Special Student, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
1994
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012
Pottery on the Hill, Hill Center, Washington DC
Handle with Care, Santa Fe Clay, Sante Fe, New Mexico
30x5, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Seattle, Washington
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2011
37th Annual Pottery Show and Sale, The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, New Jersey
Clay as Canvas, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
Lore Degenstein Gallery Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition, Lore Degenstein Gallery, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
Continuance: Work of Former and Current 16 Hands Apprentices, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2010
36th Annual Pottery Show and Sale, The Art School of Old Church, Demarest, New Jersey
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Liquid Measure, Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville, Illinois
30th Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Flora, Shaller Gallery, Red Lodge, Montana
Decalomonia, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Small Favors V, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay at NCECA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2009
All I want for Christmas, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Think Outside the Box, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, North Carolina
Clay Ball, Baltimore Clayworks, Blatimore, Maryland
Solo Exhibition, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KCAI: Then and Now, Red Stat Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
New Work: 16 Hands Potters, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska
2008-2009
Cups of Comfort and Joy, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
2008
Solo Exhibition, Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
Cut, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
Members of Sixteen Hands, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado
Sixteen Hands, Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, Virginia
Contemporary Clay: The Collections of 16 Hands, The Elanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins College, Roanoke, Virginia
Cups, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
16 Hands, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA 2008
2007
Salt & Pepper, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
16 Hands: A Decade Later, The Andrews Gallery, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
2006
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Teapot Exhibition, CAS Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
Potluck, The Design Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
Down to Earth, The Arts Scene, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Solo Exhibition, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey
2005
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mastery in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Echoes, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
Mid-Atlantic Potters, Whitehall Gallery, NCECA Exhibit, Annapolis, Maryland
Gas It Up: Salt, Soda and Slip, Baltimore Clayworks, Columbia, Maryland
Bowled Over, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New x 3, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, North Carolina
2004-2005
Clay and Glass, Atrium Gallery, Corning Community College, Corning, New York
2004
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Ranch is at UM!, University of Miami Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
The Potters of 16 Hands, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thirtieth Anniversary Auction, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Anderson Ranch Annual Art Auction, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
The Work of 16 Hands, Danville Museum, Danville, Virginia
2003
For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ceramics USA, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas
Hundreds of Cups, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
16 Hands and Visiting Artists, Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
2002
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cup: The Intimate Object, Charlie Cummings Clay Studio, Fort Wayne, Indiana
16 Hands Exhibition, Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, Virginia
Tenth Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Fourteenth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
2001
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Hand Held Cup Show, Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
Le Grande Buffet, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chester Springs Studio Days, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Clay Cup VIII, University Museum at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Ceramic Works, Solo Exhibition, XYZ Gallery, Blacksburg, Virginia
2000
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SMOVA Auction, Santa Rosa, California
1999
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contemporary Pottery of Appalachia, Pickens County Museum, Pickens, South Carolina
Clay Cup VII, University Museum at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Resident Show, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Colorado Clay 1999 Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden Colorado
1998
Recent Works From Spain, Solo Exhibition, Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Wilmington, Delaware
New Generation Graduate Exhibition, Shaw Guido Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
16th Annual Women’s Juried Art Exhibition, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Ceramics: Viewpoints ’98, Grossmont College, Hyde Gallery, El Cajon, California
1997
Craft Forms ’97, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Holiday Show, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chester Springs Studio Show, Chester Springs Studio, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
Clay Cup VI, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2001-present
Member 16 Hands, Artist Collective, Studio Tours and Sales, Montgomery County and Floyd County, Virginia
1999-2002
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Courses taught included: Beginning Ceramics, Intermediate Wheel-
Thrown Ceramics, Intermediate Hand Built Ceramics, Foundations of Art and Design
2000
Resident Studio Artist, Fundacio Josep Llorens Artigas, Gallifa, Spain
Adjunct Faculty, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia. Course Taught: Intermediate Ceramics. Spring
1998-1999
Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
1998
Resident Studio Artist, Fundacio Josep Llorens Artigas, Gallifa, Spain
1996
Studio Assistant, for artist, Ken Ferguson, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
1995
Resident Studio Assistant, Penland School for Arts and Crafts, Spring Concentration taught by Silvie Granatelli
1994
Studio Assistant , for artist, Silvie Granatelli, Floyd, Virginia
1992-1993
Studio Assistant, for artist, Donna Polseno, Floyd, Virginia, Summers