Gertrude Graham Smith

Winged Bowl

Wheel thrown porcelain clay, single fired to cone 10 in soda kiln

5 x 8 x 10 inches

I’m looking to make extraordinary pots for ordinary use, enjoyed every day. With porcelain clay, I throw each piece individually on a potter's wheel. I'm making lively, functional, animated work, as pleasurable and interesting to the hand as to the eye. Functional and decorative, the pots are fired in the soda kiln I built where flame and kiln atmosphere decorate the pots. Vibrant glazes are chosen for their responsiveness to the kiln atmosphere. I'm looking for my pots to be good companions for ordinary activities, eating, drinking, arranging flowers. They really come alive when they find a home in your home. Perhaps, when a hand embraces a cup made with the intention, compassion arises in the heart.

Gertrude Graham Smith, nickname “Gay”, is a studio potter and teaching artist single firing porcelain ware in a soda kiln near Penland, NC. She held artist-in-residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation and at Penland School. Teaching credits include workshops at Penland, Haystack, Harvard, and Findhorn, Scotland. Her work is in numerous collections including The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, and Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. She’s been featured on the cover of Ceramics Monthly magazine, and her work can be viewed in many publications such as Making Marks and Functional Pottery by Robin Hopper, and Working with Clay by Susan Peterson. Grant awards include a North Carolina Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship award and Regional Artist Project Grants.

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