Martin Smith Open Studio with Alison Britton
Key figure in British ceramics, Martin Smith, opens his studio for an informal talk with London Craft Weeks 2016 Medal winner; British potter, Alison Britton OBE. Together, they explore their approach and processes. This event is in association with Marsden Woo.
A key figure in British ceramics, Martin Smith trained at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. Smith sees himself as an artist, designing his work with the mindset of an architect and meticulously planning each piece. Since the start of his career in the late 1970s, Smith has exhibited internationally and examples of his work can be found in many public collections worldwide. A major retrospective was held at the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 1996 and in 2001 he made Wavelength, a site-specific work for Tate St. Ives. He is also known for his multi-disciplinary approach to design and site-specific furniture. Previously Professor of Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, a position he held for 16 years, Smith has recently taken on a new role as Senior Research Fellow at the RCA, where he is researching the potential of the digitally printed ceramic surface. He has recently designed the domestic-style gallery space for the Anthony Shaw Collection in York Art Gallery as well as continuing to explore his work in the field of ceramics.
Alison Britton OBE (born 4 May 1948) is a British ceramic artist known for her large sculptural, hand-built vessels. Born in Harrow, she studied at Leeds College of Art, the Central School of Art and Design, and the Royal College of Art. She has taught in Ceramics and Glass at RCA since 1984 and has been a senior tutor there since 1998. She was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts and crafts in 1990. Her work can be found in a numerous collections internationally, including Victoria and Albert Museum London, where her retrospective 'Content and Form' was shown in the Ceramics Galleries during 2016, and the collections of the British Council, the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, the Powerhouse Museum Sydney,the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.