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Of Place and Purpose: Gay Smith’s Artistic Evolution + Cover
Originally published in Ceramics Monthly,, April,2007, Pages 34-39. Reproduced with permission. Copyright, the American Ceramic Society.http://www.ceramicsmonthly.orghttp://www.ceramicsmonthly.orghttp://www.ceramicsmonthly.orgGertrudeGrahamSmith,_Gay_Smith_Publications_files/ofplaceandpurpose.pdfshapeimage_10_link_0shapeimage_10_link_1shapeimage_10_link_2
The Function of Storage 
Originally published in Ceramics Monthly,, December, 2010, Pages 40-43. Reproduced with permission. Copyright, the American Ceramic Society.http://www.ceramicsmonthly.orghttp://www.ceramicsmonthly.orghttp://www.ceramicsmonthly.orghttp://www.ceramicsmonthly.orgGertrudeGrahamSmith,_Gay_Smith_Publications_files/cunctionofztorage.pdfshapeimage_11_link_0shapeimage_11_link_1shapeimage_11_link_2shapeimage_11_link_3
“Crazed with my good fortune-convinced I am zeroing in on the noble mug of mugs-I burn deeper into the mountains and stop short in front of an old barn.Inside, it’s full of pots-asymmetrical mugs and teacups with saucers. I’m thoroughly seduced, ready to empty my suitcase and haul off everything in sight,
and anything else the potter-Gay Smith (absent, but instructions on table)-might ever make in the future. I cluster mugs on a shelf-Group A (Must Have): Twelve mugs with lavish facets. Eight large teacups with saucers. I note the nirvanic stillness of Gay’s exquisite pots, so unlike my lustful frenzy. I fret, I downsize. What can’t I live without? What’s too small, too delicate, to impractical to receive the morning’s first, groggy, sloppy stream of coffee? My eyes prefer Gay’s mugs but my fingers, fumbling for an easy grip, lobby for the cups. Finally, I choose two-one the cool turquoise of the Blue Ridge, and the other, the amber colors of Penland lights glowing through the light rain. They’re wide cups with gentle lips and sturdy handles. They wobble slightly in their saucers.”

quoted from

Ode to

The Queen of Cups

Searching for that wobble.

by Mija Reidel

Oxford American

Issue 69, page 103.

Reproduced with permission Oxford American.

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Seeding the Continent

by Gertrude Graham Smith

Originally published in

The Studio Potter

Vol. 41, number 2, 2013

Copyright The Studio Potter

Reproduced with permission.

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Video Series, Gertrude Graham (nicknamed Gay) Smith shares the ways she works with freshly thrown pots to alter surface and form. Enamored with the tactile and responsive nature of clay, Gay chooses to make alterations on her pots immediately after they are thrown to create energetic and spontaneous marks. In this program, she shows a number of different ways to alter fresh surfaces, as well as how to enhance those marks in the trimming and finishing of several pieces. In addition she covers her considerations of form and how to make the pieces more utilitarian. If you find yourself in love with the nature of freshly thrown clay and want to learn to successfully capture it in your work, this video is for you!


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