Gillian Smith

In 1984 ben ik als Engelse kunstenares naar Amsterdam gekomen tbv een postacademische opleiding aan de Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Tijdens de eindexamenpresentatie ben ik gevraagd om mijn werk bij diverse galeries in Nederland en daarbuiten te exposeren. Tegenwoordig is mijn werk regelmatig te zien (en te koop!) bij de Kunstuitleen van o.a. Gouda, Haarlem, Hilversum, Leeuwarden en Zwolle. Voor meer informatie wordt u vriendelijk verzocht contact met mij op te nemen.

Gillian Smith


Stokerkade 120
1019 XB Amsterdam
Tel: 020 4185249
Mobiel: 06 13607034

Omschrijving van het werk

Stoneware Super Heroes My work is often a reflection of events in my life, a three dimensional diary. My relationship with my children and the up and coming Young British Artists (YBAs) of the 1990s formed my inspiration in this project. I have used parts of plastic super heroes in these anthropomorphic vases (arms for handles, feet for feet, belly buttons in the body of the vase) to explore the boundaries between art and kitsch. Amphoras of a crisis age My most recent work has been inspired by a trip to Greece and the impressions that this country in economic crisis made on me. ‘Amphoras of a crisis age’ are the result, I have used traditional elements like the Greek earthenware red and black figure techniques, Cycladic earthenware, the burial sites of the kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great in Vergina, the monasteries in Meteora and also blue ballpoint drawings of Yugio characters made by my son on the journey. Packaging Pots for Sunday Best The shapes of these ceramic pieces are taken from cardboard support-packaging. This ‘disposability’ is contrasted with a finish –glazing- which refers to my grandma’s China tea service that was kept in a glass cabinet and only brought out on Sundays for special visitors. The combination creates a disconcerting and comical image that comments on our present day society: dedicated to fast consumerism yet soaked in tradition. Multiples In the realization of my unique projects some forms arise that are suitable for repetition by means of a plaster mould. This has led to a number of, usually functional, designs, such as the ‘Towers of Delft’ tulip vases, the ‘Manhattan’ salt and pepper set and the ‘Time Flies When You’re Having Fun’ clocks.

Technische gegevens van het werk

Handbuilding / Mould making / Earthenware / Stoneware / Porcelain/ Slipware.


1978 – 1979: Foundation Course; Sheffield Polytechnic, Faculty of Art and Design, Sheffield, GB. 1979 – 1982: Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons) Degree in Multidisciplinary Design; North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, GB. 1983 – 1984: Post-Graduate Certificate in Education Art and Design (P.G.C.E.); Leicester Polytechnic – Centre for Post Graduate studies in Education, Leicester, GB. 1984 – 1985 : Keramische Vormgeving; Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam


B.A. (Hons) Multidisciplinary design – Ceramics and Glass


1979 – 1985





Geeft cursussen




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