Joe Smith MA M.Phil
Joe Smith worked for a number of years with Andy Goldsworthy on award winning major curvilinear wall structures in the UK, France USA and Australia. In 1995 he designed the first of a series of dry slate vases for which he is best known.
His works also include slate spheres, chessmen, wine glasses, acorns and obelisks as well as his 2005 'Evolution', a group of emergent, tilting spheres. Built, rather than carved, all these curvaceous slate sculptures incorporate traditional dry-stone skills, more usually applied in the creation of stock boundaries and ornamental and structural garden walling. The dry-stone slate vases are classical, harmonious vessel forms. Both timeless and contemporary, they are compatible with most garden settings, and beautiful too in imaginatively lit, indoor public spaces. Tactile as well as visual, built slate is a fascinating medium; adapting readily to seasonal changes and the play of light and shade on and between the individual layers.