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Earthy, Sculpted Vessels by Vicky Smith


A photo of two fish-shaped sculpted vasesTwo Fish

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.

 

A photo of a ceramic bowl with a sculpted bird on either sideWood Fired Turquiose Birds

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.

 

A screen capture of a gallery on Vicky Smith's art websiteVicky's gallery of hand-thrown ceramic works

 

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. 

 

A two-dimensional clay work with a school of fishTerra 14, clay composite on wood


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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