Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Jean Smith
#89: Jean Smith
Jean Smith joining clay slabs.
Clay artist Jean Smith Is a familiar face in the co-op community, where she's been building and exhibiting works both joyful and challenging for many years. Her creations range from colorful wall pieces and fanciful shrines to major ceramic installations, often referencing plant forms, flowers and sea life; on the side, she also makes jewelry using old beads. We invited Smith to share her thoughts about the artist's life from her very experienced vantage point; read on for her 100CC questionnaire.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Working with the slab roller.
Jean Smith: Joseph Cornell would be fascinating to collaborate with because he was the master of mixed-media containers and assemblages. I have quite a stash of odds and ends I have collected through the years, and it would be exciting to join forces with somebody I consider the "Father of Assemblage."
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
George Alexander: ceramic monuments, one of my influences with clay. Isaiah Zagar, Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, who has tiled indoors and outdoors since 1972 in most interesting ways. Jose Fuster, Cuban mosaic artist, who is also tiling indoors and out and also has magical playful creations.
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