I enjoy developing forms which reflect and reinforce my illustrative sense of decoration. Incised marks in the clay, poured and sprayed layers of slips, all contribute to my ceramic compositions.
The use of bold images, seek to reflect and augment the shape and character of each piece and follow the rhythm of the form.
I have recently been looking at some of my two dimensional images and transferring them into three, adding a whole new seam of creative possibilities to my work.
Cheerfully decorated thrown slipware and extruded dishes, vases, seats and tables.
Red Barn Gallery : Christine Hester-Smith - ceramic art
May 01, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Spring Fling : Spring Fling in Scotland; major Open Studio event with ceramics
May 24, 2014 to May 26, 2014
Potfest in the Park : Potfest in the Park 2014
July 25, 2014 to July 27, 2014
1972 - Year in NW Sicily helping to set up a pottery in Scopello (village regeneration project for Dartington Hall school leavers). Making wood fired slip decorated pottery.
1977 - BA Hons. 1st in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art.
1978 - Set up pottery in Galloway S.W. Scotland
Scottish Potters Association
1991 - 'The Chosen Few', Open Eye, Edinburgh.
1993 - Spring exhibition, Frames Gallery, Perth.
1995 - 'Uisge Beatha', Collins Gallery, Glasgow.
1995 - 'Endangered Species', Lamont Gallery, Bethnall Green, London.
1996 - 'Triptich' Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas.
1996 - 'Zoo' Todd Garner Gallery, Glasgow
1996 - 'Tiled Out' Laburnum Ceramics, Penrith
2001 - '15 Scottish Artists', Gallerie du Bois d'Amour, Pont-Aven, Brittany
2001 - 'A Christmas Present,' The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
2002 - 'Paired', The Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews
2002 - 'The Collins Christmas Show', Collins Gallery, Glasgow
2003 - 'Cats' Laburnum Gallery, Penrith
2003 - 'Christmas Art Show' Lillie Art gallery, Milngavie
2003 - 'Christmas Exhibition', The Queen's Gallery, Dundee
2003 - 'Planted' Gracefield Arts Centre, Craft Focus Gallery
2004 - 'A Christmas Present' Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
2005 - Joint 'Summer Exhibition', Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
2006 - Broughton Gallery winter exhibition
2007 - ‘Pushing Boundaries’, Booth House gallery Holmfirth
2008 ‘All the Trimmings’Booth House Gallery
2008 ‘Festive’Gallery Top
2008 ‘Impressions of Galloway past and PresentMcGill Duncan Gallery
2009 Glimpses of Galloway Past and Present, McGill Duncan Gallery
2009 Out of the Blue’, Mainhill Gallery
2009 ‘ Affordable Art Fair’ London with Mainhill Gallery
2010 ‘The Shape of Things’ Mainhill Gallery
2010 'Off the Wall Gracefield Art Gallery
2010 Galloway Exhibition (Dark Skies) McGill Duncan Gallery
2011 ‘Flights of Fancy’ McGill Duncan Gallery
2011 ‘The Rime of the Ancient’ Mariner Imagine Gallery
1989 - 'Decorated Earthenware' Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1992 - 'Recent Ceramics' Open Eye, Edinburgh
1993 - 'Decorated Earthenware', Mainhill Gallery, Ancrum
1998 - 'Time and Tide', Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
2002 - Ceramics, The Broughton Gallery Spring show, Biggar, Scotland
2010 Potfest in the Park
2009 Earth & Fire, Rufford Arts Centre
2009 Potfest in the Park,
2008 Clay Art, Denbigh
2008 Potfest in the Park, Penrith
I have undertaken numerous commissions for tile panels, name plaques, prizes, commemorative plates and individual items.