Student, Visual Design Program, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Student, Ceramics Program, University of Oregon.


AB General Studies, Cum Laude, Harvard University.

Selected Teaching:

Penland School, Penland, NC.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

Harvard Ceramics Studio, Allston, MA.

Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN.

La Meridiana, Certaldo, Tuscany, Italy.

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA.

Odyssey Center for the Arts, Asheville, NC.

Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn, Scotland.

Emma Willard School, Troy, NY.

West Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Some Recent Exhibitions:

Table Manners, Lark & Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC.

Porcelain, Mudfire Studios, Atlanta, GA.

Teapots, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.

Yunomi, AKAR, Iowa City, IA.

Cups, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.

Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster, PA.

Tea, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.

Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational, Charlotte, NC.


2012/13: Regional Artist Project Grant. Toe River Arts Council, NC.

2009/10: Regional Artist Project Grant. AAArts Council, NC.

2006/7: North Carolina Visual Arts Fellowship Award.

Selected Articles/Publications:


The Function of Storage, by Gay Smith, Ceramics Monthly, Dec. 2010.

The Queen of Cups, by Mija Riedel, Oxford American, May 2010.

500 Vases, photos, Lark Books.


500 Plates & Chargers, photos, Lark Books.


Gay Smith’s Artistic Evolution by Sue Wasserman, April cover feature.

500 Teapots, Cups, Pitchers, Bowls, Plates...Lark Books.

Selected Professional Experience:

Current Board Member: Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.

Past Board Member: NC Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC.

Juror: Standards Committee, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC.

Curator: Gas It Up, NCECA related show, Baltimore, MD.

Curator/Lecturer: Working Potters: Mentors and Colleagues, Birke Gallery, Huntington, WV.

Juror: 100 Teapots II, Baltimore Clayworks.

Mentor Program: American Craft Council Baltimore, ACC Shows, 2003.

Selected Collections:

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.

Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.


1994-present: Studio potter/teaching artist, Bakersville, NC.

1993: Resident Artist, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT.

1986-1991: Faculty, Potter, Staff Member, Findhorn Foundation, Findhorn, Scotland.

1987: Artist in Residence & Clay Studio Coordinator, Penland School, Penland, NC.

1978-1986: Professional Potter; member and sometime officer of Island Artisans, Inc., a cooperatively owned and operated gallery in Bar Harbor, ME.

1976-1978: Staff Member, Potter, Cook, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland.

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