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Raku Vase

Smith, Martin (b. 1950), 1978, Ceramic; raku vase 30 x 29

Born in Essex, Martin Smith studied at the Ipswich School of Art, the Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and the Royal College of Art.  After teaching at Loughborough College of Art and Design and Camberwell College, Smith joined the staff of the Royal College of Art in 1989 and was appointed Professor of Ceramics and Glass in 1999.  Martin Smith is one of Britain's most highly regarded ceramic artists and was one of the first to consider pottery pieces as primarily aesthetic forms divorced from function as vases, jugs, etc.  This early work, decorated with incised geometric sgrafitto,  marks the beginning of his longstanding interest in architecture.  The use of contrast in this piece is typical of Smith who frequently juxtaposes different materials and colours in his work.