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Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

The focus of Margaret Smith's art is creating porcelain vessels with printed surface imagery. Inspired by the distilled forms of Minimalism as well as the bold visual clarity of Modern design, her work presents a contemporary version of “the handmade pot”, imbued with a sleek, white, contemporary sensibility.

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Margaret Smith Small Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Margaret Smith Mug at MudFire Gallery
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Margaret Smith Small Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Margaret Smith Medium Bowl at MudFire Gallery
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Margaret Smith at MudFire

Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012

 

Margaret Smith Artist Bio

A native of Kentucky, Margaret Park Smith spent 15 years studying and practicing ceramics before returning home to join the Asbury University art faculty. Her pursuit took her to such places as Penland School of Crafts, Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Lillstreet and University of Minnesota. In 2006, she was named an NCECA emerging artist in 2009 received a Merit Award from the Rosen Group of American Craft

She and her husband Josh have spent the past 5 years collaborating on a line of porcelain dishes under the rubric Dovetail. They design, craft and distribute these dishes to shops, galleries and individuals throughout the country. Their clients have included the Orange County Museum of Art, Youngblood in Atlanta and Urban Outfitters.

 

Margaret Smith Artist Statement

The focus of my artistic practice is creating porcelain vessels with printed surface imagery. Inspired by the distilled forms of Minimalism as well as the bold visual clarity of Modern design, my work presents a contemporary version of "the handmade pot".

I construct my pieces from slabs using original patterns; this allows me to move the clay fluidly from a flat two-dimensional shape into a three-dimensional form. My pieces retain the soft, loose quality of the moist clay long after it has been fired and vitrified. The clay acts as a skin, surrounding the volume of air it traps inside.

I have spent considerable time investigating printmaking techniques suitable for eramics. I am interested in simple vessels and graphic surface solutions. Limiting my palette to black on white, I create water-slide decals, printing with china paint and subjecting the work to three firings in the kiln.

Creating vessels that can be used is at the heart of my work. The pieces that mean the most to me are the ones that ones that develop a life of their own: a specific function, a relationship, a place in the world at large.



Margaret Smith Artist Resume

Education:
MFA 2004 Ceramics University of Minnesota
BA 1998 Studio Art Wheaton College (Magna Cum Laude)
Fall 1998 Ceramics Penland School of Crafts
Summer 1998 Ceramics NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred
Summer 1997 Studio Art Syracuse University
Professional Experience:
2008-Present Assistant Professor Asbury University, Wilmore, KY, (3D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics and Stained glass)
2009 Workshop Instructor KY Mudworks, Lexington, KY, (Printing on Clay)
2005-2008 Adjunct Professor RMCA+D, Denver, CO, (Ceramics 1, 2, 3, Adv. and Sculptural Investigations)
2007 Instructor Arvada Art Center, Arvada, CO, (Photographic Images on Clay)
2004-05 Instructor of Record Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, (Ceramics, Printing on Clay)
2004 Adjunct Professor University of MN, Minneapolis MN, (Photo Imaging and Printing on Clay)
2002-04 Instructor of Record University of MN, Minneapolis MN, (Drawing)
2002 Teaching Assistant Penland School of Crafts
2001-02 Teaching Assistant University of MN, Minneapolis MN, (Ceramics)
2000 Workshop Instructor UNC College for Seniors, Asheville, NC (Ceramics)
1999-2001 Instructor of Record Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
1998 Assistant Art Instructor Little Black Pearl Workshop, Chicago, IL
Awards:
2009 Merit Award, Buyer's Market of American Craft, Philadelphia, PA
2009 American Craft Council "AltCraft", Baltimore, MD
2006 NCECA Emerging Artist, Portland, OR
2004 SEEN Emerging Artist, CIVA, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Brown-Mackenzie Scholarship, University of Minnesota
2002 Arts Quarter Collective Grant, Minneapolis, MN
Exhibition Record:
2012, House and Home, MudFire Clayworks, Decatur, GA; invitational
2012, New Beginnings, Asbury Faculty Show, Wilmore, KY
2011, Black Friday, Loudon House, Lexington, KY
2011, Pairings, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO; invitational
2011, 35th Anniversary Exhibit, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL;
2011, Matter Matters, ZT Johnson Gallery, Wilmore, KY
2010, Constructed, MudFire, Decatur, GA;
2010, Octoberfest, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, CO;
2010, The Other Side, Kinlaw Library, Asbury College; solo show
2010, Creative Inquiries, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY;
2010, Presence, ZT Johnson Gallery, Wilmore, KY
2009, Emergent, The Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA; invitational
2009, Generously Odd: Craft Now, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY; Juror: Travis Townsend
2009, Clay and Context: National Juried Exhibition, Indiana State
2009, University, Terra Haute, IN; Juror: Sherman Hall
2009, CAL-Clay Artists of Lexington, KY Mudworks, Lexington, KY
2009, The American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, Juried
2009, Art Faculty Exhibit,Johnson Gallery, Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
2008, Winter Festival, East End Applied Arts, Aurora, CO, Invitational
2007, My Favorite Things, East End Applied Arts, Aurora, CO
2007, T.B.: collaborative installation, Rude Gallery, Denver, CO
2007, RMCADia Faculty Exhibition, Denver, CO
2007, 21st Annual Art Market Show, Arvada Center, Denver, CO, Juried
2006, Odyssey Goes West, The Clay Studio, Missoula, MT
2006, 44 th Annual RMCA+D Faculty Exhibition, Denver, CO
2006, Winter Festival, East End Applied Arts, Aurora, CO, Invitational
2005, Resident Artist Exhibition Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005, Faculty Exhibition Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004, Vestiges: MFA Thesis Exhibition Katherine E. Nash Gallery,
2004, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2004, Starbrick Clay National, Nelsonville, OH, Juror: Brad Schwieger
2004, College Bowl 1 Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2003, Man-Datory Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN
2003, 16 Spaces of Hope, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2003, Minnesota Clay Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, Invitational
2003, Visual Fringe Thomas Berry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2002, Award Recipients Katherine E. Nash Gallery, UM-Twin Cities
2002, Exit Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, NC
2001, Graduate Exhibition Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2001, Odyssey Resident Artists Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville,NC
2001, Past and Present Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC
2000, Odyssey Residents Arts Alliance, Asheville, NC
2000, Porcelain 2000 Esmay Fine Art, Rochester, NY,
2000, Juror: Val Cushing, Prof. Emeritus NY State College at Alfred
2000, Women: The Force of the New Millennium Living Arts and
2000, Science Center, Lexington, KY, Juried
1999, Odyssey Residents-Past and Present , Greenville, SC, Invitational
1999, Art of the Millennium Adams Hall Gallery, Wheaton IL
1998, Embodiment, BA Thesis, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Publications:
Julia Galloway, 500 Vases Lark Books (Asheville, NC: 2010)
Niche, What's New: Fully Functional, Spring 2010
American Craft Magazine, Council News, June/July 2009
Chevy Chaser, photo feature and award recognition, February 2009
Southsider, local artisans feature, February 2009
Lucky Magazine, photo feature-Northwest edition, January/February 2009
5280 "House, Beautiful: 26 Colorado Designers", September 2007
ORANGE, Orange County Museum of Art Newsletter, Spring 2007
Wheaton College Alumni Magazine, article and photo, Spring 2007
Readymade ReadyMaker, featured artist, October/November, 2006
SEEN, photograph and article, a journal of CIVA, 2004
Mark Burleson, Ceramic Glaze Handbook Lark Books (Asheville, NC: 2001)
This Week, cover photograph and announcement, Asheville, NC 3/23/2001
Asheville Citizen-Times, photograph and announcement, Asheville, NC 3/35/2001