Christopher Randolph Coney
was an exceptional artist, kind soul, and great friend.
The thing so many people remarked about his work was his attention to detail. He would spend the extra hour or day or week to make the piece "more perfect". In restoring an old car he once resoldered the ball of the shifter because "it just wasn't round enough". This is not an isolated example, it was his approach for every task to which he applied himself.
Ran was not the typical "temperamental artist". I knew him from first grade until he died of cancer at age 45 and never saw him lose his temper. He was not suppressing anger, it just wasn't in him. He had one source of pride and that was his work. He wanted people to see and share his joy. He once said, "I think one of the saddest things would be to die and no one know." This site, made possible by his widow, Ruth Coney, is dedicated to helping you get to know him.
--Robert Stapleton, site designer
1984-1985 Owned and operated Studio A Environments, Marietta GA
1983-1984 Illustrated for Literary Guild Publication, Doubleday, Inc.
1982 Ceramic sculpture installation for Peachtree Center, Atlanta, GA
1980-1981 Ceramic sculpture, commissioned by Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
1979-1982 Product and package design for Taylor Cutlery. of Kingsport, TN
1978-1979 Thesis-ceramic wall mural at D.P. Culp University Center, E.T.S.U.
1978 Internship at Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
1977-1978 Student Assistant Curator, Slocumb Art Gallery, East Tennessee State University
1974-1976 Tenn. Arts Commission as Artist-in-Residence, Sweetwater H.S. Sweetwater, TN
1975 Taught hand-building ceramics class at Hiwassee Junior College, Madisonville, TN
1974 Illustrator of advertising layouts for Citizen Tribune, Morristown, TN
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee M.F.A. (painting and drawing), 1979
Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City,TN B.A. (visual arts with emphasis in ceramics and