FLORENCE – Ceramic sculptures by Paula Smith will be on display as part of Francis Marion University’s Art Gallery Series Feb. 17- April 2.
The display is open to the public, free of charge and may be viewed between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Hyman Fine Arts Center galleries.
Smith’s exhibit is titled “Sweet Sixteen Series.”
Sculptures in this series were press molded with stoneware clay from an original plaster mold and then fired in an electric kiln. Each piece is made for a specific found object. Some are glazed, some are finished with various materials including dirt, sugar, rice, etc., and some are simply painted.
Smith was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1960. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute to receive a BFA in ceramics. She later attended the University of Illinois to receive an MFA in ceramics.
She moved to Rock Hill in 1987. She opened Oakland Art Supply in 1988 and taught at Winthrop University part time in the visual art department until 2000. She now teaches full time at Gaston College, teaching art appreciation, ceramics, design and sculpture. Her studio is in Rock Hill.
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