Amy Frankie Smith works from her studio by the Sea in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England to make ceramic lighting, bespoke artworks and surfaces that illuminate. Working with the very special qualities of Porcelain; its purity and whiteness and most unique of all, its translucency to create beautiful, diffused lighting pieces.
Simplicity of form and quality of design and making define the collection of hand made porcelain ceramic lights.
Amy is inspired by both urban landscape, architecture and the natural environment on her doorstep; the ever changing seascapes on the beach where she lives and works. Simple lines in the landscape translated into lighting for the home.
“It is the most plastic of materials in its raw state, suffering itself to be shaped, with marvellous readiness, into every conceivable delicacy and variety of form and movement, yet when once fired, these forms and delicacies become everlasting; these movements and rhythms of the ornamentation preserve with the persistence every poetic and airy nothing that the creative imagination has imparted to them” Louis Sullivan c1890
Amy’s background in manufacturing ceramics for architecture help refine her skill and understanding of clay and how ceramics behave. But more recently her Masters in Historic Environment Conservation and subsequent Winston Churchill Fellowship has informed the direction of Flux Surface and translucency in interior spaces. For her Fellowship Amy travelled to the USA for 8 weeks to study applications of ceramics in architecture both historically as well as through innovation in the material today. The provenance and durability of architectural ceramics is inspiring and the exuberance and artistry with which ceramic sculptors and architects enhance our environment is what drives Amy to bring something new to the palette; translucency in architecture. For more information and to download her report please visit her Fellowship travel blog and website www.amyfrankiesmith.co.uk
Amy is driven by quality and a desire to make every day spaces beautiful. Friendly and enthusiastic by nature, Amy welcomes studio visits by appointment and invites commissions for bespoke artworks and lighting.