Amy 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 touches of warmth. She generously exposes the porcelain body.
Smith combines porcelain vessels with her love of the figure. She moves between the human and clay body to play with ideas of exposure.
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.
"Emulsion is the culmination of a three year collaboration between Amy Smith and Simon Levin. Across states, these potters collaborated in a unique way through the coupling of independently completed work...Emulsion is an exhibition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Eisentrager-Howard Gallery."
Heather Davis, Ceramics: Art and Perception Issue #99 Review of “Emulsion"
“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.”