By Anna Smyth


    ‘These two porcelain vessels are my submission to the theme ‘RE-New’. They respond to this theme because they have been pivotal new pieces, taking my work in a new direction, in the course of the last year. They were created as a development of my exploration of crystalline glazes, generously supported by The Arts Council Of Northern Ireland, and of new forms. I wanted my work to shift; to become more expressive and fluid in form, conveying communication and relationship with each other; metaphors for people.


    The forms are thrown and altered so that they are visually connecting with each other but with can also stand alone. Each one is hand carved on the outside; following the contours of the piece to portray a sense of movement. Inside is a stunning crystalline glaze made to my own recipe, each unique; its spontaneous outcome adding an additional layer of interest and significance to the work. They are part of a series which I have entitled ‘Composure’, because of their tranquil demeanour and the calmness which they communicate. Lockdown ‘gave me permission’ to invest time and energy in what has become an exciting body of work which is a turning point for my practice, hopefully enabling it to shift and advance to a new level. With this new work, I aspire to engagement with new, and wider audiences.


    Materials: porcelain and crystalline glaze. Measurements:16cm x 10cm and 15cm x 12cm. Each piece can be purchased individually  at £275,00, please enquire for more details.


    Artist Bio

    Anna graduated from Belfast School of Art at Ulster University in 2017, having gained a First Class Honours BA Degree in Ceramics. She undertook a residency with teaching opportunities at the University and has since started her own ceramics practice based at her home in County Down. She has received awards and exhibition opportunities, including New Designers (London) 2018 and Royal Ulster Academy of the Arts annual exhibitions. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland have purchased selected pieces of her work for their public collection and she has recently completed the Craft NI Launchpad programme. Her contemporary ceramic work is a visual language with which she speaks about matters of importance to her, such as human relationship, heritage, nature and spirituality. The resulting pieces are imbued with meaning. She believes that when we engage with items which have been thoughtfully designed and skilfully produced by the human hand, it is a satisfying and enriching experience. Her current work has utilised funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to develop a range of crystalline glazes and these will be combined with a range of new forms to exhibit in a solo show later this year, kindly facilitated by Ards Arts.