Marshville, NC | Exhibiting Since 1991
Andy Smith began his clay studies at Wingate College in North Carolina in 1976. He also studied at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Andy has developed a style of raku pottery which uses traditional forms with highly controlled design elements. Andy is also an exhibiting member of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen’s Guild. A full-time potter since 1983, Andy shows his work in galleries from the Virgin Islands to Boston, Massachusetts. Andy lives and works in Marshville, North Carolina.
“My work is wheel-thrown and slab-built. Some classic shapes are altered for a more organic feel or to suit my ideas. I have a love of art deco, architecture, and old science fiction- all of which I try to infuse in my work. All work is raku and/or sagger fired. Many of the pieces have impressed designs. I like the effect of the structure of the forms combined with the randomness of the firing techniques used. Each piece is completed by me without assistants or apprentices. My hope is that these pieces enhance the environment in which they are placed. It is their function to look good.”