Britney Smith was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In May 2019 she completed her Master of Arts with a focus in ceramics at Carlow University. In Fall of 2019 Smith will began a mentor position at Carlow while continuing to work as a studio potter. Smith's future endeavors include opening a studio space that will provide opportunities for other local artists.
Ceramics is a labor of love. When creating a piece, you put your full self into it. It is not only a mentally-demanding, but a physically-demanding process. You work your mind to develop the piece, from tackling different design issues, to physically shaping the clay to form. From beginning to end, ceramics is a laborious medium that deserves your full mind, body, and heart.
My work as an artist focuses on creating a range of functional ceramics. I assemble my work by hand building each form piece-by-piece. My current body of work consists of simplistic geometric forms; utilizing my design skills, I continue to develop my knowledge of the medium. I explore new designs and forms using various clay bodies, glazes, and firing techniques, creating pieces that take on very different meanings as they change within each process.