The inception of claySmith studio began during the fall of 1999. It was then that I first put my hands to the unformed clay on the potter’s wheel in Cristal Smith’s ceramics class, at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, near the fine city of Chicago, Illinois. Since then I’ve been finding ways to do so ever since.
Being a clay artist or artist of any kind for that matter, one finds that there is often a need to work multiple careers or jobs in order to support one’s art habit. claySmith is an attempt to fund my art habit with the skills of my craft. In today’s world of streamlined, plasticized, franchised, economized production of goods and services I’m beginning to see a revitalized yearning for the return of truly committed craftspeople. Quality products that reflect the skill, tenacity, and philosophy of the craftsperson are difficult to obtain. It is this dearth of finely crafted products that I believe is creating a small niche that can be filled by those who value such things as good design, high quality materials, and superior workmanship. It is these values that I hope to advocate and provide in the products I create.