Dean Smith is a multidisciplinary artist, working mainly in ceramics using special effect high fire glazes combined with low fire enamels and precious metal lustres. Born in Brisbane, he lived in Australia for only three months before moving to New Zealand, as Smith has Māori ancestry through his father. He now lives and works in Castlemaine, Victoria.
In his practice Dean interweaves past and present, his ancestry and his immediate experiences, New Zealand and Central Victoria, the imagined and the real. Dean aims to link the natural world with the industrial world – sourcing inspiration from crystals, rocks, metals, the landscape, the Seasons, machinery, minimalism and electronic soundscapes, as well as his Maori ancestry.
In 2018, Dean Smith was awarded a Career Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to undertake a studio residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Skælskør, Denmark.
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