Mark Smith Ceramics
My work is based on a nostalgic representation of some of my earliest memories of the sea.
From the wildlife, through to the weather-worn decay of the architecture, and the shipping industry.
Old signage and weather-worn decay are key to bringing my sculptures to life.
I try to put emphasis on the story-telling aspect of my work, crossing between reality and fantasy. I'm also quite a natural hoarder of things and my recycle/upcycle element extends from that. I find old relics and unusual design being part to blame. I try to re-invent objects and give them a new lease of life, rather than go to land fill. I think the importance of doing that is getting more and more relevant in today's environmental uncertainty. My clay element also mimics the aging process, from my ice cream colours to the rust and decay that partners weather-worn timber, metals, plastics, beach finds and ceramics.
I do aim to please, folks, and not be too serious with my outcomes. Some say they make them smile. Well so be it! A smile a day keeps the doctor at bay, so they say.
Arts Foundation Diploma 1990
HND in Ceramic Design and Technology 1992
CPA "Setting out" show Marshall St, London.
Licentiate member of the Designer Crafts Guild 1993
Professional member of the Craft Potters Association 1996