Sculptor/potter conducts campus workshops

Sculptor Liz Smith is conducting workshops at Youngstown State University. Here she is sculpting her latest piece.

Sculptor Liz Smith

Liz Smith, a sculptor and potter, will conduct workshops at 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 5:10 to 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Bliss Hall Ceramics Studio Room1059 on the campus of Youngstown State University.

Smith, whose visit is presented by the YSU Department of Art, will also lecture on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. in the McDonough Museum of Art.

The workshops and lecture are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Department of Art at 330-941-3627.

Smith, who earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Skidmore College in 1994 and a master’s of fine arts degree from Louisiana State University in 2000, is an associate professor of Art at the University of Central Arkansas. Her work is a combination of works thrown on the potter’s wheel, slip cast and hand built construction, fired to mid-range in an electric kiln.

“My interest in form and surface is inspired by much of the elaborate European Porcelains of the 19th century and of the decorative aesthetic of the Victorian era,” she said. “It is the idea of the grandiose celebrations for which these objects were made that I am so attracted. While the objects acted as decadent and ostentatious displays of wealth they also acted as markers of the importance of eating and drinking, of the meal enjoyed and shared with others. In my work I embrace the idea of celebration while trying to make the objects more accessible: a bit less decadent.  I am infusing these elaborate objects with casualness through material and process that may be more appropriate to our everyday utilitarian activities.”