Gay Smith

Bakersville, NC | Exhibiting Since 1995

“I celebrate porcelain clay, its liveliness, its responsiveness, with the vessels I form on my pottery wheel. Spontaneous and thoughtful manipulation of forms, surfaces, and attachments animate the work. Handles sweep up and out from bellies and shoulders. Jars raised on feet dance in space. Surfaces appeal to the tactile sense, and smaller forms long to be held. In the kiln, flames filled with sodium decorate anticipated edges, and brighten a wide, colorful palette.

I often question the relevance of living as a practicing artist in a world struggling with conflict, exploited for resources. Years as a working potter seems to develop qualities I believe may benefit: caring attention, commitment, honesty, courage, passion, hard work, love of beauty, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty.

I intend my vessels to bring joy, usually a welcomed quality, with their use and presence. I’m imagining a reality where when a hand grasps a handle, compassion arises in the heart.”