Meet Ceramics Artist Gay Smith - updated!

• Sunday, April 16, 2017 •
Gay Smith, aka Gertrude Graha m Smith, nicknamed Gay, is a studio potter and teaching artist who singles fires her porcelain ware in a soda kiln near Penland, NC. Her grant awards include a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 2008/9, and Regional Artist Project Grants in 2009/10 and 2012/13. She’s held artist-in-residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and at Penland School. Her teaching credits include workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts , Penland School, the Harvard Ceramics Studio, and the Findhorn Foundation in Northern Scotland. Her work is represented internationally, and is in many collections including the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. She’s been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine, and her work is included in numerous publications including Making Marks and Functional Pottery by Robin Hopper, Working with Clay by Susan Peterson, and the Lark series of 100 Teapots, Vases, etc. Currently she serves on the Board of Trustees at Penland School.

Enjoy this live interview with Gay in her studio in Bakersville, North Carolina.  

 Click Here .  Video created by  Julie Boisseau, 2013.

Gay Smith is teaching the workshop, "Looking Lively: Soft Altering on the Wheel" at Cullowhee Mountain Arts, June 11 - 16 where Gay will

Gay will guide students to work with exciting and easily utilized methods of altering the forms and surfaces of freshly thrown pots. "Working with soft clay makes pots look fresh and sassy, like they can jump up and dance," says Gay. Everything from basic throwing techniques to shaping pots into squares, ovals, triangles; to texturing surfaces using faceting, fluting, and impressing are on offer; lids too. Finishing touches, like handles and feet, will be added as a means to enhance and complete your pots. Gay will work with each Individual's interests. Each person's work will receive attention in order to take the next creative/technical leap. All levels of skill from beginning on are heartily welcome. We’ll engage in lively conversations ranging over our interests, technical questions, making your pots your own, passions, raw glazing/single firing, and firing a soda kiln. 

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