Art in the Home Confirmed Artist - Kate Langrish Smith
“What I’m really interested in is the body and its relationship to ceramics because ceramics are an important part of our everyday life,” says Kate Langrish Smith explaining that every time we nip to the loo or make a cuppa or plate-up some food our body is coming into intimate contact with ceramics. “And so the idea for my signature club forms came from Indian swinging clubs that are made of wood and used for calisthenics. I have taken something that was made to engage with the body but I have made it vessel-like and ‘useless’: if you dropped them they would smash.”
Langrish Smith’s conceptual clubs (their shapes reminiscent of Studio Empoli’s elongated ‘Genie’ glass decanters that were an essential part of fashionable 1970s interiors) sit happily together in groups, inviting us to turn ‘curator’ and arrange them. Indeed, this playful quality is a leitmotif of Langrish Smith’s work and is evident in her collection of small sculptural objects that, again, beckon us to balance/contrast/compose them into a tablescape of our own making.
Look out for future announcements about a joint workshop between Kate Langrish Smith and Carla Murdoch.
Take the opportunity to view Kate’s work as part of our Art in the Home Exhibition from the 1st - 10th November 2019 at Kommune in Sheffield city centre. Art in the Home is a selling exhibition of Mid-Century design classics brought to you by Studio 2021 mixed with the very best of Sheffield’s furniture makers, ceramicists and fine artists.
Follow Kate on her Instagram: @katelangrishsmith
Visit her website: www.katelangrishsmith.com