booth-166-michele-smithMy sculptural work is in part influenced by an obsession I’ve had since childhood of fantastical stories in fairy tales, mythology and folklore.  Aesthetically, I am also influenced by anything vintage, especially old toys and dolls.  Taking bits from stories I read, hear or remember and infusing my own experiences, thoughts and observations creates something completely new with roots rich in ancestral reflection and common human encounters.

In addition to employing my first love of sculptural ceramics, I’ve also recently discovered the joy and freedom of working with multiple mediums such as wood, paint, metal, wire, paper, fabric and found objects.  Initial thoughts and sketches are always a starting point, but method and material have begun to actually inform where a piece will eventually end up conceptually.  All my ceramic work is handbuilt and multiple kiln fired with various stains and glazes as well as some post-fire treatments.

The most recent pieces I’ve created have become somewhat satirical in nature, looking at the dualities of human behavior… how we present to the world one reality which can be in stark contrast to our true nature and what we keep to ourselves.  We all have our vises, shortcomings, tragedies, triumphs or accomplishments and so often we think we are alone in those experiences.  The characters I am creating are themselves stories of individual commonalities and are fully aware of their own ridiculousness.  Hopefully my curious world will lure the viewer into connecting with our shared existence…  and maybe to also laugh at our inherent complexities.

Every art piece available through Mud Spun Studio is hand made individually by me and with my high quality standard.  Each piece is genuinely well crafted and carefully packed to ensure the piece you receive is exactly what you imagine, or more.