David Smith

Professor of Art – Edgewood College, Madison, WI

My work in ceramics focuses on the creation of wood-fired vessels and sculpture.

Since 1978, my passion for wood-fired ceramics has allowed me to travel and work with a broad range of artists.  My personal experiences with American Masters Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio, and Don Reitz have been influential in countless ways.  In 2005, I had the opportunity to meet and work with a number of Korean and Japanese artists at the 3rd World Bienalle in Yeoju, Korea.  This was a transformative experience and since that time I have also had the opportunity to exhibit my work in Japan and China.  For decades I have created ceramic art that reflects East Asian methods and aesthetics while maintaining a sensibility that is undeniably Western.  I have always been intrigued by this cross-fertilization.