Vicky Smith taught ceramics at UNCW for over 10 years, and now maintains a ceramics practice out of her own studio in Greene County, NC. Working in clay, she creates earthy, sculpted vessels, as well as textured wall art pieces.
The style with which Vicky creates her ceramic vessels seems to reference ancient clay work. The details of each piece display a heavy touch of the artist’s hand, with a certain flair for displaying the beauty of imperfection and randomness. In light, rustic tones, the pieces reference the natural materials from which they are made. I also like the variety of shapes that Vicky coaxes out of clay – whether it’s a round, flat serving dish or a tall, narrow vase, each piece has its’ own identity.
The artist’s two-dimensional works are also wonderful celebrations of the materiality of clay itself. These rely heavily on an earthy, deep texture that has a distinct and inviting warmth to it. Vicky tends to combine abstract layering with sculpted elements like fish and nautilus shells that take on the appearance of fossils in the earth.