Anna Smyth

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Anna’s journey with ceramics began in the early 1990’s and she pursued this passion, leading her to full time study, achieving the Dean’s award for excellence and a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Applied Arts Ceramics, at Belfast School of Art. Ulster University/First trust bank commissioned her to make the ‘Distinguished Graduate’ Award trophy and following a residency at the University she achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. From her ceramics studio based in County Down, she creates thrown, sculptural porcelain vessels, imbued with meaning, inspired by observations and reflection on life. Recent themes have included relationship, heritage and spirituality. She has gained awards and exhibition opportunities, including New Designers, London and the prestigious RUA, several times. Her work has been supported by her local council, Freeland Foundation for Artists and the Arts Council of NI, who also purchased a collection of her local heritage work entitled ‘Linen Legacy’, for their public collection. Her current work focuses on the ongoing development of crystalline glazes in which crystals form during the firing, adding a further layer of significance to her work; symbolising life and vitality. Anna believes that when we engage with items which have been thoughtfully designed and skilfully made by the human hand, it is a valuable and enriching experience.


Selected Exhibitions

2021 –  Solo Exhibition, Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards
2021 –  ‘Creative Peninsula’, Group Exhibition, Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards
2021 –  RUA 140th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2021 –  ‘Re-New’ Selected Group Exhibition, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
2021 –  ‘Launchpad’ Group Exhibition, Craft NI Gallery, Belfast
2020 –  RUA 139th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2020 –  ‘Unlocked’ Group Exhibition, CraftNI Gallery, Belfast
2019 –  ‘The Dinner Party’ (Solo), The Loft Gallery, Portaferry
2019 –  Graduates Annual Exhibition, Bevere Gallery, Worcester
2018 –  Ulster Uni. Group Exhibition, ‘New Designers’ London
2017/2018 –  RUA 136th & 137th Annual Exhibitions, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2017 –  ‘Into a Dancer’ (Solo), Ards Arts, Town Hall, Newtownards
​2017 –  Degree Show, Ulster University, Belfast