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SMITH, LAUREN
SMITH, LAUREN
MONTANA
I love making functional pottery. I want to share my work and create daily rituals amongst my collectors and admirers. I am constantly fulfilled every day that I can turn a ball of clay into something that someone can treasure. As I work at my wheel, I imagine my pots being used at a fancy dinner party with cake stands and flower vases decorating the table; or perhaps a favorite mug being filled with hot, steaming coffee or warm tea.

I use porcelain clay that is malleable and soft; it responds to the lightest of touch and can be altered until dried, then fired to create a hard permanent object. My forms are wheel thrown, trimmed, and manipulated. I apply a scalloped ruffle around each piece which creates an area for glaze to collect, resulting in variation from matte to glossy and breaking up surface. With a surgical knife, between each scallop, I draw vertical lines down the piece. The glaze breaks around these lines usually resulting in a lovely separation breaking up the surface. My glaze pallet consists of blues, greens, oranges and browns which I spray on in multiple layers and fire in a gas kiln to cone ten in an oxidized atmosphere.

My inspiration comes from nature, specifically flowers and the way their petals unfold and the patterns they make. I always have a camera with me in case I see an interesting flower or beautiful bird. I look at antique and historical pottery, glassware and other current potter’s work to inspire and energize my own work. I am very lucky to be able to wake up every morning and do what I love to do. I have always been a maker and I will always be one.

Currently
January-March 2016
Teaching Intermediate to Advanced Community Class at the Archie Bray Foundation Beginning
September 2014
Contractual production potter for Emily Free-Wilson of Free Ceramics Beginning
August 2011
Full-Time Studio Potter

Education
2011
M.F.A. Ceramics, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2005
B.F.A. Ceramics, Minor-Geology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2004
La Meridiana, International Center of Ceramic Arts in Tuscany, Italy
2001
Southern Methodist University Study Abroad, Italy

Residencies
September 2015
Short Term Resident at Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
Summer 2015
Short Term Resident at the Archie Bray, Helena, Montana
Summer 2010
Center Street Clay, Steven Hill Pottery, Sandwich, Illinois

Workshops & Visiting Artist
2015 March
One week Visiting Artist & Lecturer at University of Montana Missoula, MT
2014 March
One day workshop at San Bernardino Valley College, San Bernardino, CA

Teaching Experience
2016 January
Intermediate to Advanced Class at the Archie Bray, Helena, MT
2015 October
Intermediate to Advanced Class at the Archie Bray, Helena, MT
2014 April-May
Wheel-Throwing at Ceramic Services, Ontario, CA
August 2012-2014
Beginning to Intermediate Wheel Throwing and Glaze Calculation, American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, CA
2010
Fall Teaching Fellow, Beginning Ceramics
2010
Spring Teaching Fellow, Design 2
2009
Fall/Spring Teaching Assistant, Design 2 Summer
2009
Teaching Fellow, Design 1
2008
Fall/Spring Teaching Assistant, Design 2

Exhibitions
2016
AKAR Featured Artist for March
AKAR Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Generations: A Legacy of Mentorship, NCECA 2016, Kansas City, MO
Small Works from a Big State, Montana Clay Group, Community Christian Church Steeple of Light Gallery, NCECA 2016, Kansas City, MO
Archie Bray Foundation Resident and Visiting Artists, Belger Crane Yard Studios, NCECA 2016, Kansas City, MO
International Cup 2016, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Juror Josh DeWeese, Missoula, MT
Pour It Up, Red Lodge Clay Center, Invitational Group Show, Red Lodge, MT
At Your Service, Baltimore Clay Works, Juror Linda Arbuckle, Baltimore, MD
2015
This is Helena, Studio Art Center, Helena, MT
The Archie Bray Foundation Residents, at the Kolva -Sullivan Gallery , Spokane, WA
Ode to Bowls, Trackside Studio Ceramic Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
Montana Clay Group, Paris Gibson Museum of Art, Great Falls, MT
Crave the Cup, Clay Arts Vegas National Juried Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
Community Exhibit, The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, Montana
2014
This Is Helena, Studio Art Center, Helena, Montana
Cup the Intimate Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville,Florida
Frills and Function, Solo Exhibition, American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA Ceramics Studio & Gallery, Pomona, California
Cup Show, Clay Arts Vegas National Juried Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
Coffee, Tea, or…, Terra Incognito Studio & Gallery, Awarded: Purchase Award, Oak Park, Illinois
2013
The Battle of the Bowls, National Juried Bowl Show, Juror Mike Jabbur, Awarded: Best Tea Bowl, Lynchburg, Virginia
Dining In VI: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
2012
Starbrick Clay National Salt & Pepper Show, Starbrick Gallery Nelsonville, Ohio
Art of the Pot, Group Show & Sale Invited Artist, Claudia Reese, Austin, Texas
2011
UNT Clay Grads & Alumni Group Show, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California
Starbrick Clay National Cup Show , Starbrick Gallery, Nelsonville, Ohio
Dining In IV: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
Confinement, 1st Annual Workhouse Clay National -Ceramics Exhibition, Lorton, Virginia
KC Clay Guild Teabowl National 2011, Kansas City, Missouri
2010
Raison d’être, MFA Exhibition, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, Texas
Seven to Ten, North Gallery, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
9 bodies at 18 Hands , 18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas
Materials: Hard and Soft, Center for the Greater Arts in Denton, Texas
2009
Green 4 Green, Cora Stafford, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Texas Heat, St. Petersburg Clay, Florida
Student Art Competition, Union Gallery, Denton, Texas
2008
Crossroads: Ceramic Exchange, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Aspasian Arts and Crafts Festival, Rockwall, Texas
A Southwest Ceramic Showdown, San Angelo, Texas

Publications
April 2016 Exposure Section of Ceramics Monthly

Collections
Archie Bray Collection, Helena, MT
Barbara Baldinado, Claremont, CA
University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Gallery and Museum Representation
A Coastal Eddy, Laguna Beach, California
AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, AMOCA Gallery Store, Pomona, California
American Museum of Ceramic Arts, AMOCA Ceramics Studio & Gallery, Pomona California
Armstrong’s Gallery, Pomona, California
The Archie Bray, North Gallery, Helena, Montana
Holter Museum of Art, Museum Store, Helena, Montana
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana
The Kiln Studio, Fairhope, Alabama