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Shirley Smith

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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Collected stones, pebbles and rock formations inform my current work. Using traditional hand building methods of pinching, coiling and moulding I construct simple, tactile forms with surface finishes emulating the smooth and the sea worn. The repetitive patterns of a shingle beach or the patterning found on an individual stone are inscribed in sgraffito or water etched into the clay body. I have recently begun experimenting with alternative firing methods including smoke firing and obvara and horsehair raku.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Shirley Smith...Designer/Maker

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

BA Contemporary Cultural Studies
Dip. H.E. Art and Design (Photography)
HND Design Crafts

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

MADE. Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Forty Years On. Leeds City Art Gallery
Winter Exhibition. Pyramid Gallery. York
H-art. Cup Ceramics. Hereford

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Kath Libbert. Salts Mill. Bradford
Brass Monkeys. Hove. Brighton
Mike Gell. Hereford
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Ruthin Craft Centre. Denbighshire
Anne Morgan. Penarth
Cup Ceramics. Hereford

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