Jill Smith

My claywork has always been about process, relationship and my surroundings. Taking the fluidity of clay in my hands and transforming it into lasting rigidity lets me express the feeling of place and give it a related connection in creative work. My creative process starts with a mental image which is then given physical form, for me it must involve vision, challenge, resourceful materials and a sense of playfulness. Clay and earth pigments through the ages have documented our own human development, told our story and connected us to where we live. My current work involves creating stories and tales that are whimsical but have a little something that hopefully makes one think. A fable moral so to speak. I have been using these as jump off points for clay totems that highlight part of the fable in physical form. For me these totemic symbols forever hardened in clay tell stories that connect us to nature and our place in it.

Below are examples of Jill Smith’s work. ┬áPlease contact us for more information.

Bear Fable – Tall Tale House

Golden Palomino Carved Horse Fable Column

Rectangle Leaves Tray

Crow Plate

Horse Column with Adornments

Golden Palomino Carved Horse Fable Column

Adorned Heart Shield

Bear Totem

Imprinted AZ – Sycamore Leaves and Bear

Oval Fruit Dish

Adorned Stoneware Column

Bowl – Mt. St. Helens Glaze

Raku Fossil of the Future

Oval Fruit Dish

Stonewear Carved Bear Fable Column

Adorned Heart Shield

Rectangle Bear Tray