Vernon Smith received a BFA in Ceramics from University of West Georgia. He worked in Las Vegas with Tom Coleman as a studio assistant for four years and then returned to Atlanta where he completed a two year residency at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. He's currently the Ceramics Studio Manager at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, teaches at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and maintains regular working hours at his home studio in Decatur.