Ryan Smith is a ceramic artist who was born in Omaha, Nebraska. While attending New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University his primary area of study was reduction and soda-fired pottery. After his studies, he was a long-term wood-fired artist in residence at Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project in Northern California. Smith has exhibited work across the country in various galleries including; Schaller Gallery, Companion Gallery, and Tiwa Select.
His most recent series of works consists of high-temperature wood/soda wares.
As a maker, I find indulgence through the authentication of household ceramic wares. As a means to achieve satisfaction, the practice of making these forms can be repetitive with each successful encounter resulting in a better understanding of the process. Within my practice, the standards of satisfaction are constantly evolving while key values remain dominant. Calm thoughts of simplicity and volume engulf my practice, generating associations with curvature as well as space both contained within and restrained around these objects. Routinely clarifying constraints associated with these key values enables me as a maker to further my practice, through the engagement of various forms I am able to familiarize myself with these valued characteristics. Rendering ceramic objects with these various thoughts in mind I find importance in repetition valuing the ever-shifting subtlety of a curve, thickness of a rim, or the space contained within the vessels.
More information about Ryan can be found at: brackers.com/project/ryan-smith