Martin Smith (b. 1950) uses the formal limitations of the vessel to investigate different
conditions of space. In the foreword to the catalogue of his 1996 retrospective exhibition
at the Museum Boijman's van Beunigen, Rotterdam, the Director, Chris Dercon
compared his innovative and influential career to that of the late Hans Coper, and
described him as '...the most abstract and geometrically orientated ceramist in England
and possibly of our times'.
A key figure in British ceramics, he studied at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and at
the Royal College of Art. Examples of his work are held in numerous public collections
world-wide including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the National Museums of
Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto; Los Angeles County Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum,
Amsterdam. He is Professor of Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art.