Meet The Maker – Mark Smith

Mark Smith - ceramicist

Mark Smith - ceramicist

Mark’s work is inspired by coastal life, architecture and the effects the natural environment has on materials, such as wood, metal and stone.

Mark Smith - ceramic houses on driftwood

Mark Smith - ceramic houses on driftwood

Mark Smith - close up of ceramic house on driftwood

Mark Smith - close up of ceramic house on driftwood

The main fabric of his work is ceramic with additions of reclaimed timber and metal.

Mark Smith - large ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

Mark Smith - large ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

His pieces have impressions of found objects discovered on journeys. They are finished in matt colours, which give the impression of sea bleached painted timber, so each piece has it’s own story to tell.

Mark Smith - close up detail picture of ceramic boat

Mark Smith - close up detail picture of ceramic boat

The work is Mark’s own attempt to create decorative objects that reflect on his belief in sustainability. Mark believes that something new can be made from discarded and non funtional materials, so he’s always on the look out, using skips, waste land scrubs and along beaches, for scraps of timber, hunks of old metal, anything that he considers art-through natural errosion.

Mark Smith - Small ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

Mark Smith - Small ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

Mark considers himself a fully fledged member of the wombling society, but in all seriousness his work is ultimately designed and thoroughly thought out to make people smile.

Mark Smith - Large ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

Mark Smith - Large ceramic boat on reclaimed timber

Mark uses a variety of decoration techniques as his ideas continue to flow and move on to create different avenues and new approaches. Ships, boats, and wrecks are the main fabric of the work, made from clay that has the textures of metal and wood objects salvaged, press moulded, and patched together to produce a variety of forms that look as though they have sailed the Seven Seas.

Mark Smith - Small boats on driftwood

Mark Smith - Small boats on driftwood

When Mark produces a piece it becomes a narrative, the tale of a journey. Objects discovered on the shoreline find themselves becoming part of the story…

Mark Smith preparing to sail the Seven Seas!

Mark Smith preparing to sail the Seven Seas!

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