DeWitt Smith was trained as an artist and potter at Valdosta State College, Georgia. There he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and ceramics. After a brief time working professionally as a potter he attended graduate school at the University of Georgia, Athens, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics in 1982.
DeWitt Pottery was established as the business under which DeWitt's work is sold in 1983. The interior design trade offers the greatest potential for sales to a wholesale market and DeWitt's work found immediate success within this avenue of marketing. Propelled by the handmade quality, the shapes inspired from many cultures, and the fact that each piece can blend harmoniously or be presented in such a way as to have obvious presence, his pieces have sold internationally as well as to notable private collectors.
DeWitt Pottery also produces functional pottery in stoneware and porcelain. These pots are made by a process used for centuries. Handmade pottery is continuing to be made and be a part of our lives despite the development of more durable substances from which utilitarian vessels can be formed. One reason is the more durable substances, and industrial ceramics, are mundane in appearance. The potters' craft brings one-of-a-kind artwork into close contact with us. That contact gives us tactile sensation as well as visual exhilaration. We actually put our mouths on drinking vessels; something that intimate should be given consideration.
Dewitt Smith 71 Jackson St., Watkinsville, Georgia 706-769-5361
University of Georgia, Athens, GA, MFA, Ceramic Art, 1982
Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA, BFA, Painting, Ceramics, 1977
After graduate school DeWitt Pottery was established as the business under which my work is sold. The wholesale interior design trade offers great potential for sales and exposure to a reliable market. Through this market there have been international sales, as well as to notable private collectors, such as: Halle Berry, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Lamar Dodd, Vince and Barbara Dooley.
Currently, I am developing a visual "language" in functional ware which has opened new avenues of creative exploration.
The Swan Coach House Gallery, "Summer Swan Invitational", 2012, Atlanta, Georgia
Lyndon House Arts Center, "36th Juried Exhibition," 2011; "35th Juried Exhibition", 2010 (Dual First Place Award). "34th Juried Exhibition", 2009 (Juror's Award).
"Fired Works, a Regional Ceramics Exhibition," Macon, GA, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
“Focus on Appalachian Art – Trends in Contemporary Pottery”, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia, 2009.
“Georgia Potters”, Hambidge Art Center, Rabun Gap, Georgia, 2007 through 2013
“Perspectives – Georgia Potters and Collectors”, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, Georgia, 2003 through 2014
“Ceramics Southeast”, University of Georgia Visual Arts Gallery, Athens, Georgia. 1982, 1993
“Artists In Georgia”, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Ga, 1982.
“Spotlight ’82: Southeast Crafts”, Arrowmont School or Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Lyndon House 9th Annual Exhibition, Athens, Ga, 1982.
N.A.S.A Accreditation Exhibition, UGA Visual Arts Gallery, Athens, Ga. 1981.
Georgia Crafts Competition, Okefenokee Heritage Center, Waycross, Ga. 1980.
Annual Alabama Crafts Council Juried Exhibition, Fairhope, Al, 1979.
The Jekyll Island Authority, Jekyll Island Georgia
The Grovewood Gallery (at The Grove Park Inn), Asheville, NC
Aurum Studios, 125 E Clayton Street, Athens, Georgia
Aurum Jewelry & Art, Parkside Commons at Lake Oconee Village, Georgia
Chappell Gallery, Main Street, Watkinsville, Georgia
500 Vases, Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY, p. 332, 351
500 Raku, Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique, Lark Crafts, Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY, p. 49
Ceramics Monthly, Aug./Sept., 2007, p.6, 24
Clay Times, March/April 2007, p.39
Architectural Digest, December, 2005, p.203
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, July 2001, p.39
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, October 1996, cover & p.57
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, January 1996, p.58
Southern Homes, January-February 1991, p. 43-44
Southern Homes, May-June 1990, p. 90
Southern Homes, May-June 1988, p. 101
Gifts and Decorative Accessories, August 1987, p.180
Ceramics Monthly, May 1987, p.61
Southern Accents, January-February 1986
The Designer, December 1984, p. 15
Ceramics Monthly, November, 1984, p. 87-88
Ceramics Monthly, January, 1983, p. 87
Ceramics Southeast Catalog. 1982