Artist Bob Smith

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I have been a studio potter for over forty years, starting in functional stoneware, but quickly moving to low-fire work, especially raku. Silhouette and form, with a quiet contained presence, have always been my major concerns. My most current work reflects this ongoing fascination with form, plus an increased exploration of greater depth, subtlety and drama in the surface, with new directions in color, scale and texture. Terra sigillata, entering my ceramics life over a decade ago, and used in various forms of saggar firing and pit firing - as well as other methods of atmospheric firing - has made a large impact in both scale and gesture, and impacts my raku as well. While I continue to use the vessel as my point of departure, enjoyng that historical connection, architectural and wall work invade my thinking more and more. Through some stroke of good fortune, I have found work which is satisfying, engaging, challenging, and comprehensive. I am beginning to understand the complexities of my medium, and because I work hard and with care and sincerity to train my hands to do what they must, in this self-actualization I have become passionate.

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