Smith works intuitively in clay. Her open forms gently hold space. Fluid glazes break over carved surfaces, referencing pooling, freezing and thawing. Her palate choice runs cool with slight touches of warmth. She generously exposes the porcelain body. 

Figurative cups are composites made up of two dimensional drawings, three dimensional forms and implied space. 


both Artist and Mother

Kate Fisher began a project in 2013 titled Both Artist and Mother. She surveyed, interviewed and documented a cross section of ceramic artists who are also mothers. In an effort to examine how children impact an artist's work, Kate asked questions about studio practice, time management, balance and aesthetics. Original interviews, as well as Artist/Mom of the Month can be found at Both Artist and Mother. Look for an Exhibition at Red Lodge Clay Center in October 2017.

Smith in the studio with her daughter.


collaboration with Simon Levin

Collaborations in the art world are not uncommon, even in the clay world where a stage of creation is often handed to another artist. In these collaborations one artist might specialize in form while the other decorates. We rarely see pottery that makes room for a piece made by another artist, both pieces acknowledging and formally interacting with the other. Over the past couple years Lincoln, NE artist Amy Smith and Gresham, WI artist Simon Levin have been working individually in their studios, but jointly in concept. Shipping work back and forth, they design pieces that are compelling and articulate, that remain independent, yet enhance each other, creating a whole that is greater.

2017 cup and stand. cup by Amy Smith stand by Simon Levin


EMULSION

Eisentrager-Howard Gallery I University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“I can’t recall seeing any similar collaboration in ceramics, which makes “Emulsion” of even more interest. Smith and Levin found a way not only to effectively combine their contrasting styles, techniques and material, but also create dynamic, resonant pieces that would be diminished if one part was separated from the other.”

L. Kent Wolgamott, Lincoln Journal Star review of “Emulsion”   


ESTUARY

Emily Galusha Gallery I Northern Clay Center

Estuary, an exhibition of work by Smith and Levin is an evolved dialogue of formal elements that explore ideas and properties of water. Making work from their separate studios, but in conversation through an exchange of work over the years, they've collaboratively paired select pieces for the exhibition. Estuary visualizes the graceful meeting of two individual artists.

2017 Estuary:  Simon Levin and Amy Smith

2017 Estuary:  Simon Levin and Amy Smith