Claude Smith of Silver City, is a retired Professor Emeritus from WNMU. He has taught Clay, Art Appreciation and Ceramics to name a few. He has exhibited his work in over 130 group or solo shows and will be showing his work in the September 2019 Exhibit at the Deming Art Center along with photographers Lon & Wilhelmina Shelton. Over the last ten years his creative energies have focused on two series. The Creation Series, is the exploration of the Bible’s Genesis story as implied in a non-objective manner through the saggar-fired porcelain, composing organic materials for decorative marks and nuances. The Marsh Series, utilizes expressive brush strokes, minimal glazes, and reduced (smoky) surfaces to create implied ethereal landscapes of backwater Minnesota lakes, streams and marshes. Natural representation is not the goal, but the implied spiritual memories documenting place, time and atmosphere.
“Clay is my mistress and nature my inspiration. I pray that my work speaks of both.”