About the Pottery:
My pottery is made of porcelain clay formed and altered on the potter's wheel, glazed when leather-hard, and fired to cone 10 in a soda kiln. I seek for fire and kiln atmosphere to decorate my pots by creating responsive surfaces and forms. I am interested in the tactile quality of clay, and my pieces appeal to the sense of touch and the scale of the human hand. The pots look alive, a bit whimsical, and I intend that they will bring life, beauty, and years of enjoyment into the lives of those who use them.

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About Working:
These days, I contemplate living as a practicing artist on a planet facing extraordinary shifts. I imagine what the work of my hands and heart might contribute. 

Perhaps, this work develops qualities which may be of benefit: caring attention, commitment, honesty, courage, passion, hard work, love of beauty, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty.

Simple pottery, like cups, can be made consciously to hold and serve nourishment. Objects designed to bring pleasure and joy with use and touch. The continuing, primordial, mysterious act of creation links us with that process, and with the essential raw materials of which we and the pots are made: earth, water, fire, air.

Do consciously made pots carry some ineffable ability to transform and heal? What lies embedded in the stone of fired clay by the creative alchemical bond between material, process, and person. What may be conveyed through use or enjoyment? A hand grasps a handle; compassion arises in the heart. This is what I intend.

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Perhaps, when a hand grasps a handle, compassion arises in the heart.

Gertrude Graham Smith

About the Pottery

Gertrude Graham Smith Pottery

1529 Cane Creek Rd.

Bakersville, NC 28705