Andy Smith, Potter & Raku Artist
Andy Smith, Potter in Marshville, North Carolina, creates raku pottery with organic, free-form shapes and designs. Andy received the 2013 Craftsmen Choice Award at the 44th Annual Fine Designer Crafts Show in Raleigh.
Andy began his clay studies at Wingate College in North Carolina in 1976. He developed a style of raku pottery which used traditional Oriental forms and a tight geometrical design. The design work was both abstract and somewhat architectural in flavor. His use of underglaze colors was uniquely his own.
After studying at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Andy made a transition to sagger raku. This new line is more organic and free-formed. He does occasionally blend the traditional form highly controlled design with the looser sagger creating a style all his own.
A full-time potter for more than 30 years, he shows his work in galleries from the Virgin Islands to Boston, Massachusetts. Andy is an exhibiting artist member of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen’s Guild in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Piedmont Craftsmen’s Guild in Winston-Salem.
Andy lives and works in Marshville, North Carolina. He continues to create work whose sole purpose is to enhance the space it occupies.