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Shirley Smith

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

Collected stones and pebbles inform my current work. Using traditional hand building techniques and a variety of clays I construct simple, tactile vessels with surfaces that emulate the smooth and the weatherworn. Experimental use of slips and glazes create finishes that range from highly polished to cracked and crazed. Repetitive patterns seen on a shingle beach or the marks found on an individual stone appear inscribed in sgraffito or water etched into the clay body. The unpredictability of smoke firing, obvara and horsehair raku are used for their ability to give subtle and unique markings. Monochromatic colours unify the pieces into a cohesive collection.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Shirley Smith Ceramics

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
Cup Ceramics. Hereford
Oxenhamart. Leominster
Oxenham Gallery. Hereford

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