Charles Smith

Mobile Alabama

Charles Smith (1949-) was born and reared in Mobile, Alabama.  After a tour in Vietnam, Charles began studying art, as a way to cope with the rigors of war.  He received his B.S. degree from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, where he major in Art Education and minored in pottery.  He was both student and assistant to Professor Marcus Douyon.  In 1977, Charles was hired by the city of Mobile to be a resident artist, where he produced murals, as well as he taught ceramics in the city parks and recreation centers.  He has worked in several mediums with painting and ceramics being most notable.  His work in ceramics, which is typically marked by a very powerful rhythm of uniquely executed sgraffito, includes both functional and non-functional primitively fired forms, as well as sculpture.  His work has been celebrated in several written works, such as the article entitled Alabama Travels by Gerry Williams for The Studio Potter and most recently in the seminal reference of Alabama artists:  Alabama Masters Artists and Their Work.  A portion of his exhibition record includes:  Uncommon Beauty in Common Objects: The Legacy of African American Craft Art, several locations, 1993; American Craft Museum, New York City; Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., as well as a myriad of venues in the Southeastern part of the United States.  His work is included in both important private and public collections with examples being in the permanent collection of his hometown museum at the prestigious Mobile Museum of Art.

From The Studio Potter, June 1997, Volume 25, Number 2.

Artist's Works


Item:  Vase

Dimensions:  5.25 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide

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Item:  Raku vase

Dimensions:  5.75 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide

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Item:  Vase

Dimensions:  5.5 inches tall by 5.25 inches wide

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Item:  Vase

Dimensions:  5.25 inches tall by 4.334 inches wide

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Item:  Raku vase

Dimensions:  5.625 inches tall by 4.625 inches wide

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Item:  Bowl

Dimensions:  5.25 inches tall by 7.875 inches wide

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