Artist profile

Frances Smith

Visual Arts , Ceramics , Sculpture

Frances Smith

Visual Arts , Ceramics , Sculpture

Location Kiama

Artist Type Semi Professional


Stylishly simple and functional ceramic ware that has a meaning. I use the finest Australian porcelain and hand drawn illustrations on the pure white clay surface - often of threatened and endangered species.

  • About

    Frances works mainly with highly demanding porcelain clays which she hand decorates in beautifully simple black line work.

    Frances also uses bold underglaze colours in a wood-cut style which she augments with coloured lustres in a third firing.

    Frances creates large one-off sculptural pieces which are generally thrown on the wheel, their shape altered and then finally the surface is incised to produce a sculptural relief.

    In the past, Frances created elegant, traditional ceramic forms with the beautiful Celadon and Chun glazes.

  • Biography

    Frances was academically trained at the Sydney College of the Arts and became head of design for Channel 7 in Sydney before travelling to London and working in various galleries and design practices.

    Fran was an air-brush artist on Sixty Minutes and then for ABC News in Sydney, before heading the design department at an independent TV studio.

    Throughout, Fran worked in clay, gaining competence in both throwing and glazing, working at night and weekends mostly, but for several happy years, as a full-time production potter.

    Fran says, “Compared to most of the mediums I have used, clay is the most challenging – but it is also the most rewarding."

  • Awards & Career highlights

    2017 - Reminiscence touring exhibiton throughout regional Queensland

    2016 - Centenary exhibition of poet Judith Wright's birth - Reminiscence (major ceramics exhibition)

    2015 - Finalist in "Cream of the Crop" competition with a major ceramic work - Calanthe

    2015 - Endangered series in the Artisans in the Gardens - Sydney Botanic Gardens

    2015 - Manly Art Gallery and Museum "Metamorphosis" exhibition

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