Featured Artist Robert Snyder

Ceramic artist Robert Snyder presents a delightfully eccentric collection of sculptural porcelain teapots and vessels. Enjoy more of his work by visiting his website.


porcelain teapot "pressure cooker"

“Pressure Cooker” porcelain with lusters, 10″x10″x10


Starting life as a painter, I was mentored by Ilya Bolotowsky and Ibram Lassaw. I also worked with notables such as Willem DeKoonig, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Alphonso Ossorio and Larry Rivers.


sculptural porcelain teapot

“White Flamethrower” porcelain with lusters, 5.5″ x 7″ x 9″


Additionally, I worked as curator at The Parrish Museum in Southampton, The Guild Hall Museum in Easthampton, The Metropolitan Museum/Queens Museum and lectured at the Cloisters. And worked closely with Victor D’Amico on the “Barge” for the Museum of Modern Art.


sculpture ceramics by Robert Snyder

“Deco Iron” porcelain with Lusters 9″ x 11″ x 5.5″


I started making pottery when taking my Master’s degree in painting at Pratt Institute. Little did I know that pottery would turn out to be my passion. My work was a feature story on the Fine Living Channel’s program Back to Basics.


sculptural ceramic teapot by Robert Snyder

“Red Button” porcelain with lusters, 7″ x 7″ x 5.5″


It’s hard to make a living as an artist, so I became an advertising executive, creative director/art director and film director. I ran several agencies, served on their board of directors, owned my own agency, and managed healthy profits for my clients.


sculptural porcelain by artist Robert Snyder

“Louie” porcelain with lusters, 12″ x 12″ x 3.75″


Like Artsy Shark’s marketing, my strength is seeing the big picture, growing organizations, and optimizing profitability, with an emphasis on quality.


sculptural mechanical teapot in porcelain

“Tea Machine 2″ porcelain with lusters, 10″ x 5″ x 3”


I work primarily in porcelain, and originally was strictly a wheel-throwing potter. The pandemic opened me to avenues I hadn’t explored.


sculptural porcelain teapot by Robert Snyder

“Pipe Pot” porcelain with lusters, 8″ x 8″ x 5″


Now hand-building is part of my wheel-thrown pieces. I take real world objects as inspiration and create them in my vision. Cultural insights and 30 years as an advertising creative director create new paths to explore.


winged porcelain teapot by Robert Snyder

“Winged Teapot” porcelain with lusters, 10″ x 10.75″ x 4″


I believe pottery is the bond between earth, art, and utility, serving as an emotional connection to our environment. The surface decoration is a blank canvas to capture an idea, convey emotion, add a tactile element, accentuate a prominent shape.


sculptural teapot by ceramic artist Robert Snyder

“Oil Can 2″ porcelain, 7″ x 13.5″ x 3”


I was also an adjunct professor at The Art Institute of Phoenix, CMO at Arizona Clay Association and board member of the American Advertising Federation.


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  1. So, wonderful and unique. I have never seen anything like this. I love your work so much.

  2. Impatience and a snap judgement almost got me – “Uh-oh, Steampunk!” which I abhor, but I scrolled on, read your revealing narrative and CV, looked at all your work, and listened to the bell ring, which reminded me of a simple truth in art:

    “Good things have to be done over and over again—that is, if you are to understand what they are all about. You paint it and you didn’t quite get it. You have to do it again, and you think of another way to do it better. And to keep on as if you’re never going to stop.” Georgia O’Keeffe


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