Amy Smith works intuitively in porcelain, her open forms gently hold space. Fluid glazes break over carved surfaces, referencing pooling, freezing and thawing. Her palate choice runs cool with touches of warmth. She generously exposes the porcelain body.
'White on White'
From a four square-mile village in Fulton County, Ohio, Amy encountered clay in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University, Athens, OH. She earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
James Rosenquist Artist in Residence Exhibition
KOBO Gallery "Simple Cup 2013 Invitational" Seattle, WA
Clay Art Center "Tea-Time" Port Chester, NY
Wayne Center for the Arts "Functional Ceramics 2014" Wooster, OH
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.
Strictly Functional Pottery National 2012, Juror Jack Troy, Lancaster PA
It’s Only Clay, Juror Robert Briscoe, Bemidji, MN
Game, Set, Match, Juror Ayumi Horie, Baltimore, MD
Strictly Functional Pottery National 2014, Juror Christa Assad, Lancaster PA
Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, Jurors Sherman Hall, Brad Schwieger, Angelica Pozo, Zanesville, OH
Cup VIII: The intimate object, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Source Material, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
Yunomi Show 2013 & 2014, AKAR gallery, Iowa City, IA
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, Houston TX
Small Favors IX, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Emulsion, Eisentrager-Howard Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
“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.”