JOHN SMITH, RIPPLE BOWL, 1991
MYRTLE VENEER, PLYWOOD
60(H) x 570(W) x 370(D) mm
This molded plywood tray, or bowl, with decorative veneer has the central handle incorporated into the form. The leaf-like form echoes the gentle ripples of water in our rivers and coastal bays and has resulted from ongoing research interest into the possibilities of manipulating veneers into three-dimensional forms. The object is stackable for volume freighting.
John Smith studied Furniture Design at High Wycombe College of Technology and Art. In 1970 he emigrated to Hobart to establish a new Centre for Furniture Design at the Tasmanian School of Art (now a part of the University of Tasmania).
The Centre for Furniture Design was to become a highly active locus for Tasmanian design and was widely acclaimed as the premier program of furniture design in Australia. John continued his own design work, undertaking many private and public commissions. John has been an effective advocate for design, serving on the boards of numerous design, industry and educational organisations including the Visual Arts and Crafts Board and the Design Committee of the Australia Council. A founding member of the Australian Academy of Design, he was one of the original members of the FDA (Furniture Designers Association).
Born: 1948, Chesterfield England, migrated to Australia, 1970.
Training: Pre-Diploma of Art, Chesterfield School of Art, 1967. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Furniture), High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, 1969.
Represented: International Design Centre, Berlin; Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria; Tasmania Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart; Parliament House, Canberra; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston; Hobart City Council.