About the Artist
My work is wheel-thrown and slab-built. Some classic shapes are altered for a more organic feel or to suit my ideas. I have a love of art deco, architecture, and old science fiction- all of which I try to infuse in my work. All work is raku and/or sagger fired. Many of the pieces have impressed designs. I like the effect of the structure of the forms combined with the randomness of the firing techniques used.
Each piece is completed by me without assistants or apprentices. My hope is that these pieces enhance the environment in which they are placed. It is their function to look good.
Andy Smith was born and raised in Wingate, North Carolina. His first employer was his father who ran the local grocery store and where Andy was the meat cutter. He began taking pottery classes at Wingate University (then College) in 1974. After Wingate, Andy attended Arrowmont School of Crafts. He became a full time potter in 1982 and has continued to the present.