Austin P. Smith Ceramics
Austin P. Smith, co-founder of Camden Clay Company, is our lead maker. He has over a decade worth of experience in the field of ceramics, and has been making fine art ceramics under the name Austin P. Smith Ceramics since 2010. His work is known in the Midcoast and beyond for it's ocean-inspired glazes, and it's use of Penobscot Bay navigational charts.
Here's what Austin has to say about his work:
"Water’s rhythmic power of erosion and deposition forms the ever-changing coastal landscape of my home state, Maine. This is not unlike my approach to clay as a medium. In slip-casting, there is a constant give and take of material - carving away and filling in. As the saying goes, “You could not step twice into the same river.” Neither can you cast the same mold twice. Each time I pour liquified porcelain clay into a plaster mold it alters the mold, and each time I pull a piece out of a mold I learn something new, thus altering my knowledge and perception as an artist.
Growing up navigating the waters of Penobscot Bay, those colors, textures, and images are deeply ingrained in my sense of self, and I gravitate toward them in my work intuitively. I often see viewers respond to the Chart Series with an instinct to place themselves in the context of the map; to find a particular spot that holds meaning. Essentially this is what I am doing in making the work - drawing a connection between myself and this place that I have come from."
- Austin P. Smith, austinpsmith.com