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Samantha Smith

For the entirety of my life, I have been drawn to the process of creating. As a child, I spent my time learning to cross stitch, crochet, sew, and draw; I loved to make something from nothing, especially if it was functional in the end. When I took my first ceramics course in college in 2013, I never looked back. Little could be more useful, more enduring, than stoneware, and clay allowed for endless possibilities of design and function.

My pieces are designed to occupy the quiet moments and the intimate spaces of the everyday; they are designed to add beauty, comfort, and mindfulness to the otherwise mundane tasks that make up life. It’s easy to be swept up in routine, and in the disconnected, overwhelmingly fast pace of society. Pottery helps me slow down, and to appreciate the small joys of being alive; I only feel truly myself when I am creating.