STEVE SMITH CERAMICS
Freehand Painted Fine Bone China
Steve Smith is an Artist with over 40 years experience in the the fine art of freehand painted china.
In 1968 at the age of 16 Steve left school, moved to Malvern and joined the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company as a trainee artist, he served his apprenticeship under acclaimed artist Edward ‘Ted’ Townsend, while there Steve also studied A level art at Worcester Art College.
After leaving Royal Worcester Steve worked for several (here today gone tomorrow) ceramic companies in or around Malvern during the 1980's.wn” then in 1991, as a result of a chance phone call he embarked on a slight change of direction by joining Kingsley Enamels. When this company became Moorcroft Enamels in 1998 he continued to work there as an artist, specialising in limited editions of premium pieces, but also undertook the training of other artists. He quickly acquired a loyal following of collectors throughout the world who admired both the outstanding quality of his work and his remarkable ability to paint the inside of vases as well as the outside, a technique that he first developed while working for Kingsley Enamels.
In March 2006 Moorcroft decided to close Moorcroft Enamels and make all it’s artists redundant. It was at his juncture Steve felt he should become a free-lance ceramic artist and establish his own business. He made a conscious decision to leave enamels well alone and return to his first love of painting china, although using essentially the same materials and techniques, he feels that china is more vibrant, a better surface to paint on, and has a more stable finish. With over 40years experience in the ceramics industry, Steve has now embarked on his career producing small limited editions of miniature china vases and boxes for sale through selected retailers, who are eager to take his pieces knowing the guaranteed quality on offer.
Steve's work has garnered high praise from experts, including Antiques Road Show host Eric Knowles, who described his work as “remarkable, breathtaking and talent with a capital T” At the “Collect It” show in Peterborough 2008.
We commissioned Steve Smith to paint these stunning pieces featuring Australian Birds "Exclusively for Faulconbridge Antiques"