Anna Smyth Ceramics
My contemporary porcelain vessels are my visual language; I speak about something important to me. And I have more 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 and spirituality.
She has gained awards and exhibition opportunities, including New Designers, London and the prestigious RUA, several times. Her work has been supported by her local council, Freeland Foundation for Artists and the Arts Council of NI, who also purchased a collection of her local heritage work entitled ‘Linen Legacy’, for their public collection.
Her current work focuses on the ongoing development of crystalline glazes in which crystals form during the firing, adding a further layer of 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
Doghouse Gallery, Comber
The Cowley Gallery, Derry
Amelia’s Gallery, Letterkenny
Bevere Gallery, Worcester