Gallery of Ceramic Art by Frances Smith

Frances Smith’s innovative ceramic artwork reflects the versatile and skilled qualities she brings to her creations.

Fran favours porcelain as her chosen clay but uses terracotta and other mid-fired clays when the artwork calls for a more robust clay body.

She is highly skilled at the pottery wheel. She enhances and transforms the vessel surface using carving, layering and altering the shape of the newly thrown work.

Sometimes she lets the clay tell its own story, with unglazed outer surfaces with glazed inner surfaces to ensure the vessels are fully functional. Other times, she uses the clay surface as a canvas for illustrative and decorative effects. She also allows her work to be the foundation for mixed media art, especially basketry in her ClayWeave series.