David Scott Smith Ceramics
Thesis Exhibition: "The Chemistry of My Affections," 2005Playthings II, 2008Porcelain and Beeswax, 2010Feral Gardens, 2014-2016Before the Fork, 2016More Demons, 2017
Drink Me, 2018Fear, 2019Other work at LSU, 2002 - 2005Rhode Island School of Design, 19991998Foolish Fish Studio, 1993-2000Ceramic and Mixed-Media Guitars, 2012 - PresentTeapots, Facejugs, Cups, and other Pottery Forms, 2012 - Present
Artist Statement

My work relies heavily on objects and textures that inspire my fascinations, and these are usually found in nature or combined with natural elements. I explore ideas of excess and consumption, but also beauty, which I believe can be found in abundance, even in the tragedy of our global predicament.
I am primarily a sculptor and a mold-maker, and I am currently exploring how translucent porcelain and light depict form and surface, and re-contextualize familiar objects. Snake skin, tree bark, lace, crab claw, tin foil, chicken skin--all textures and surfaces are transformed through illumination, and transcend their original context.
I enjoy employing humor in my work, playing with contradictions and absurdity. When I was young and worked for my father in our family taxidermy shop, it was very common for us to position an animal on a lovely piece of driftwood. Quail, turkeys, bobcat, rattlesnakes--even though you don't usually see these animals on an ocean beach, for some reason it's very acceptable to perch them on driftwood. The overall effect can be very humorous, and also beautiful. In many ways I'm still fastening death to driftwood.