Amy Smith is a studio artist living and working in Lincoln, NE. She is a recent recipient of the Lincoln Mayor's Arts Awards, specifically the Artistic Achievement Award - Visual Arts. She throws in porcelain to create forms that celebrate movement such as wind, running and a beating heart. Her soft, rhythmic work is often very calming. Smith received a BFA from Ohio University in Athens, OH and went on to pursue her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been a resident artist at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences (GA), Red Lodge Clay Center (MT) and North Dakota State University (ND). Her work has been featured by CFile.daily (NM), shown at The Clay Studio, (PA) Lillstreet Art Center (IL), Louisville Visual Art Association (KY) and Arvada Art Center (CO), and has been published in Clay Times and Ceramics Monthly. Smith is recognized for her teaching; in 2016 she received a Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students from The Parents Association and The Teaching Council of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Smith is currently part of a project titled: Both Artist and Mother. Kate Fisher (MN) began the project to examine how children impact an artist's work. To learn more, check out her website.
Making ceramics is kind of like that: I go out, breathe, and feel alive..add some good pain and a little crazy, and you have working in clay.
Initially, I chose ceramics because of its many processes. I liked the physicality, the schlepping, the variety. When I committed to clay I felt like I was making a second commitment to myself: that I would always be in shape. I wanted to be strong, my whole life."