Ceramics, mainly functional. Very colorful and with low carved relief. A few fish and insect images but otherwise abstract designs.
Claudine Burns Smith is a ceramic artist, making both functional work and sculpture. Art has been her life since childhood, first in France where she was born, then in the States. Aside from an occasional workshop she is self-taught, learning from works in museums and galleries, especially work done by artists of other cultures or of other times. She has also been influenced by a number of artists in her family. She has a home studio where she spends many hours each week. Until a few years ago she taught art full-time at the high school and college level. She does not use a wheel for her functional ware, preferring to build everything by hand to create irregularities that add interesting effects. She uses cone 6 stoneware and glazes and sometimes terracotta for sculpture. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions of ceramics, sculptures and works on paper in the States, France, the former Soviet Union and China. She is currently represented in several galleries in Connecticut.