Anna Smyth Ceramics
My contemporary porcelain vessels with crystalline glazing are imbued with meaning. Each one has something to say....
Anna’s journey with ceramics began in the early 1990’s and she pursued this passion, leading her to full time study, achieving the Dean’s award for excellence and a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Applied Arts – Ceramics, at Belfast School of Art.
Ulster University/First trust bank commissioned her to make the ‘Distinguished Graduate’ Award trophy and following a residency at the University she achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
From her ceramics studio based in County Down, she creates thrown, sculptural porcelain vessels, imbued with meaning, inspired by observations and reflection on life. Recent themes have included relationship, heritage, spirituality and inner qualities…
Her award winning ceramics have been exhibited widely, including New Designers, London, and the prestigious RUA, several times. She has been supported by her local council, Freeland Foundation for Artists and the Arts Council of NI, who purchased a collection of her local heritage work entitled ‘Linen Legacy’, for their public collection. Anna was selected for 2021/22 ‘Portfolio’ membership, Design and Crafts Council Ireland.
Her current work focuses on the ongoing development of her stunning crystalline glazes in which crystals form during the firing, adding a fascinating layer of interest and significance to her work; symbolising life and vitality.
Anna believes that when we engage with items which have been thoughtfully designed and skilfully made by the human hand, it is a valuable and enriching experience.
44 North Road, Newtownards, County Down, BT23 7AS
Viewing by appointment.
From my home studio, by appointment or at:
CraftNI Gallery, Belfast
Gallery 1608, Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Doghouse Gallery, Comber, Co. Down
Millcove Gallery, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
SOfine Art Editions, Dublin
Amelia’s Gallery, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Bevere Gallery, Worcester, England
The Ruthin Craft Centre Gallery, Ruthin, Wales
The Waterfront Gallery, Milford, Wales
2022 Exhibitions: August- The Irish Ceramics Awards 2022 Exhibition, Millcove Gallery, Kenmare, Co.Kerry