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Martin Smith

(British b.1950)

Martin Smith, has garnered international recognition for his innovative and influential contributions to the field. Smith trained at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. Since the 1970s, Smith's work has been showcased on a global scale, with examples held in numerous public collections worldwide. Notable exhibitions include a major retrospective at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the creation of "Wavelength," a site-specific work for Tate St. Ives in 2001.

Renowned for his multi-disciplinary approach to design and practice, Smith's influence extends beyond ceramics. He has served as Professor of Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art for 16 years, and currently holds the position of Senior Research Fellow, focusing on the potential of the digitally printed ceramic surface.

Smith draws inspiration from architectural elements and the poetic qualities of mathematics and geometry, his work transcends traditional boundaries, evoking both cerebral contemplation and visceral response. In 2015, Smith's expertise in design was showcased in the creation of a domestic-style gallery space for the Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery. His ongoing dedication to ceramics is exemplified in exhibitions such as "Space and Places" at Marsden Woo in 2017, which epitomised his decades-long exploration of architecture, clay, colour, pattern, light, and shade.

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An earthenware bowl form made by Martin Smith in 1986 sold at auction by Maak



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