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Douglas Smith

Ceramics & Textiles
Whimsical sculptural ceramics and creative textile musings.


Doug has long had a hand in textiles and being an upholsterer has led to some interesting artistic creations. During his professional career as a hospitality designer, his wild side and creativity was fed by participating in parade arts, helping to create costumes, floats and giant puppets for Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara.    

Doug has a knack for being able to use unusual materials in unexpected ways. For many years he enjoyed fabric dying and often incorporates hand dyed fabric into his work and wardrobe. Recently, he has revived his interests in reverse smocking (a form of fabric manipulation) and large scale braided textiles.

Over the last five years he has been working in ceramics. His working style is informed by his relationship with fabric, and he manipulates clay like it was fabric. In his most recent ceramic works he is incorporating woven elements. He has been experimenting with a variety of materials with which to weave onto ceramic frames. 

Doug recently collaborated with Siobhan Elder on a silk underwater installation for the Mendocino Kelp Fest Art Exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center.

Directions to Studio #20 at 38201  S. Hwy 1, Gualala. 

From Hwy 1 at mile marker 1.78, turn East and stay to your left to 38201.

Studio Tour Hours:

Aug 24-25 & Aug 31-Sept 2
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, my studio is open by appointment year round.


No Pets Please



Cell:  805-637-8687

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