Jen Smith is a potter and ceramics teacher based at South Block Studios in Glasgow. Jen designs and makes functional pottery that explores the balance between utility, colour and texture. Her work pairs abstract layers of coloured slip on the surface of wheel thrown forms, with intricate botanical illustrations that are drawn onto the surface. Jen is also a strong believer in the role of artists to build communities and spark discussion and is proud to have worked previously with local councils, Project Ability and most recently with Terra Incognita, to deliver thought provoking and engaging workshops.
Contemporary Designer Maker and Teacher of Studio Pottery
Based at South Block Studios in Glasgow making functional, illustrated pottery and teaching classes in hand-building and surface design.
January 2016 – Present
Teaching pottery classes for South Lanrakshire council at East Kilbride Arts Centre and Hamilton Town House. Includes classes for children, teens and adults.
Artist Facilitator with the Scottish Guardianship Service
Providing a ceramics workshop for children and young people who arrive in Scotland unaccompanied and separated from their families.
The service supports unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children and young people.
Artist Facilitator with Terra Incognita and the Women’s Creative Company
April – June 2017
Working with Terra Incognita arts and the Women’s Creative Company to create a new statue for Glasgow which tells the story of something forgotten, overlooked and we feel is missing from the cityscape. Launched with an exhibition at South Block Gallery, Glasgow.
Ceramic Internship for Atlas Arts working with artist Frances Priest on her commission entitled ‘Patterns of Flora’.
Launch in situ on Isle of Raasay June 2015
Assisting in the completion of 170 parian vases which involved preparing the vessel surface, applying ceramic transfers, loading the kiln and providing logistical support.
Voluntary Arts Facilitator for the ‘Aspire’ and ‘Create’ Programmes at Project Ability August – December 2015
Enabling children and adults with disabilities to create visual art.
Voluntary Workshop Facilitator for Diversity Arts
Glasgow Mela 2015
Leading parents and children in a clay plate painting workshop in the Kidz Zone of the festival.
Short Research Project: Smoke Firing Techniques
July 2014, Weir Valley, County Durham
Producing bisque-fired parian slip ware, methodically test firing with several colourants including copper, steel, iron, foliage, salt and sawdust, constructing the open fire and leading the firing process.
Open Studio Member
March 2014 – June 2015, Fireworks Studio, Glasgow
Producing work and learning studio craft.
February 2015 – June 2015, City College Glasgow
Short course specialising in slip casting, mould making and handbuilding. Also covered the properties of different clay bodies, surface design, lustres and oxides.
Short Course: Wheel Throwing
February – March 2014, Glasgow Fireworks Studio under Garnet McCulloch
Structured teaching on throwing on the wheel, glaze application and form design.
Short Course: Throwing and Slip Decoration
Two courses, October and November 2013, Glasgow Ceramic Studio under Louise McVey.
Introduction to wheel throwing and slip decoration.
Graduated from Glasgow School of Art
Graduated from University of Central Lancashire