Martin Smith is Professor of Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, London and considered to be one of the most important minimalists in ceramics today. Martin Smith's work is included in many public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Museum Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, and the Kanazama Crafts Council, Taiwan.
Smith's work is remarkable in his technique as well as the gravity based forms. Using earthenware, those most common of clays, Smith refines their surfaces to an elegant smoothness that defies the eye and is sensual to the touch. His play with space within the vessels is unlike any other artist and the use of a metallic leaf accentuates the glowing interiors.