Jean Smith

I have been working in clay since about 1990.  At the present time, I go between low and mid-range firings, but find I am more and more interested in the higher fired range and in discovering the ways to combine stains and commercial glazes.  Most of my work is sculptural, but some of it is functional.  My current body of work consists of sculptures using multiple sections stacked on top of each other, then strung on a plastic coated wire to hang from the ceiling to create a two to four foot piece, as well as individual pieces that can be used as vases, and wall sculptures.

Besides working with clay, I do some mixed media work and jewelry pieces.  I like to challenge myself to try new things and I am enraptured by old trade beads. My work can always be seen in the back room of Zip 37 Gallery.
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My 2016 Zip Show is called NONOBJECTIVE OBJECTS, and runs September 15 – October 2.
Preview: Thursday, Sept 15, 5–8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 16, 5–10 p.m.
Closing Reception: Friday, Sept 30, 5–10 p.m.
Nonobjective Paper Designs with Patricia Gaffney-Kindig
, Thurs, Sept 22 & 29, 6–8 p.m.
Jean’s Jewelry
: Friday, Sept 23, 5–10 p.m.

vase group smThis current body of work consists of nonobjective objects presented in three ways:

  • Assembled together to hang from the ceiling
  • As vessels for the table, as sculptures, or can be used to hold nature creations
  • On the wall as a group or individually.

They are created using paper clay, stains and glazed.
Stop by and check them out!
Gallery Hours: Thurs 5–8 p.m., Fri 5–10 p.m., Sat 12–6 p.m., Sun 12–6 p.m.

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