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Jen Smith Ceramics

Jen Smith Ceramics

Disciplines

Ceramics

Materials

Ceramics

After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011, Jen joined the Open Studio Programme at Glasgow Fireworks Studios and took on her own studio in 2015. She has since completed an internship working with renowned ceramic artist Frances Priest and Atlas Arts on 'Patterns of Flora' which is installed at Raasay House. Jen has also worked as an artist facilitator with South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Mental Health Awareness Festival, Scottish Refugee Council and Terra Incognita Arts.In 2017 Jen moved to Wasp's South Block Studios to set up her own studio where she produces functional, contemporary ceramics.The surface of Jen's pots are illustrated using intricate paper cut-out resists, sgraffito and mark making. The layering and texturing of colour and pattern, often drawing on printmaking techniques, is integral to Jen's work. Her illustrations are mostly botanical, drawing on her upbringing on the Yorkshire coast.They include open landscapes, seascapes, seaweed, and lichen.The decision to specialise in this time-consuming surface design while still prioritising functional ware is a conscious step away from mass-produced table ware and instead gives time to an object in the hope that it will be used and valued for many years.

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