About Me

Hello everyone!

My name is Kirsti Smith, I’m an artist residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia and on my way to finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD. I live for the feeling of clay run through my fingers and paint splattered on my clothes. I create scenes, narratives and portraits out of multimedias to allow you a view into my world through my eyes.

Welcome.

Please enjoy your stay.

Artist Biography

Kirsti is originally from Ontario and has spent a lot of her life moving from city to city. She is currently a student at NSCAD but received most of her education from Sheridan College where she majored in ceramics. Kirsti uses a series of different mediums including paint, ceramics and textiles to create a compelling combination of textures and colours in her work. She fabricates narratives and characters inspired by her own emotions and the people around her. Step inside and see what you think.

Artist Statement

In my sculptures, I explore themes of family, womanhood and interpersonal communication. Inspired by my own history, identity, and perspective, My work explores these ideas as intimate narrative scenes.  I examine imagery from family photographs and their mysterious content. I expose a new narrative by reimagining these moments from the past. I invite the viewer to place themselves inside my work, and draw them into my world.  

Curriculum Vitae

NSCAD, Halifax — Bachelor of Fine Arts

Sept 2018 – Present

Education

Sheridan College, Oakville — Craft and Design

January 2015 – 2017 May 2018

University of Waterloo, Waterloo — Arts and Business

September 2013 – December 2014

Gained business skills but soon discovered ceramics which prompted me to change schools.

Exhibitions

Pre-Shrunk, Argyle Fine Art, January 25- February 16, 2019

Ab ovo: Sheridan Ceramics Grad Show, The Gardiner Museum, April 6-22, 2018

Made In Canada, The Gardiner Museum, March 31- April 17, 2017

Kingston Woman’s Art Festival, August 16, 2015

Employment

Crack Pot Studio, Oakville, ON — Instructor

November 2016 – May 2017

Teaching introductory level pottery classes.  

Gleason Brook Pottery, Wiarton, ON — Production Potter

May 2016 – august 2016

Jobs included mixing glazes, production throwing, packing orders for wholesale, unloading kilns and helping customers in the showroom.

Pottery Supply House, Oakville, ON — Sales associate

November  2015 – April 2016

Experience  included working the front counter selling pottery related items and inventory.

Kingston Potters Guild, Kingston, ON — Student Technician

May 2015-August 2015

Jobs included mixing glazes, cleaning clay traps, and helping around the guild in any way necessary.

Volunteer

Clay Club President, Sheridan College, 2016- April 2017

Clay CLub Secretary, Sept 2015- April 2016

Publications

Small Business, Big Start, By: Keiko Kataoka

Festival showcases artwork of nearly 200 women, By: Steph Crosier

https://www.thewhig.com/2015/08/16/festival-showcases-artwork-of-nearly-200-women/wcm/3f40cdcb-dcb7-3e31-74e7-06fd93691a73