Frances Smith glazing porcelain vessel

Frances Smith Ceramic Artist

There is a joy in clay that I try to set free.

Frances works mainly with porcelain clays which she wheel throws and hand decorates in beautifully simple black line work.

Fran also uses bold under-glaze colours in a wood-cut style which she augments with coloured lustres in a third firing.

Fran creates large one-off sculptural pieces which are generally created on the wheel, their shape altered and then finally the surface is incised to produce a sculptural relief.

In the past, Fran created elegant, traditional ceramic forms with the beautiful Celadon and Chun glazes.

Teaching Pottery

Fran teaches pottery techniques from her studio in south coast of NSW.


Fran regularly promotes and publishes about ceramics online and in print.

Find us on Weave

We are members of the Kiama and Shellharbour arts directory called Weave.

Find us on Etsy

Selected works are available on Etsy.


Fran’s current work is available at the “Precinct Galleries” at Berry on the New South Wales south coast.
Precinct Galleries 12 – 24 Alexandra Street Berry NSW 2535

Recent Exhibitions


Judith Wright Centenary


Artisans in the Gardens


Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Other Exhibitions


A Fresh Perspective, group exhibition, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney.


Touch, group exhibition, Brookvale TAFE, Sydney.
Reminiscence, exhibition, Judith Wright Contemporary Art Centre, Brisbane.
Artisans in the Gardens, group exhibition, Botanical Gardens, Sydney.


Evolution, group exhibition, Brookvale TAFE, Sydney.


Tango, exhibition, Ewart Gallery, Willoughby, Sydney.


Above the Salt, group exhibition, Ewart Gallery, Willoughby, Sydney.


Seasons, joint exhibition, Fairview Gallery, Mudgee, NSW.

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