JOHN SMITH, VESSEL BOWL, 1999
EUCALYPT VENEER, PLYWOOD, BRASS
120(H) x 560(W) x 195(D) mm
This boat-like bowl in veneered plywood has been laser-cut as a flat shape and then flexed into it’s three-dimensional form by weaving the ends together and pinning them secure. The work was designed in response to experiments with manipulating flat-sheet veneers into three-dimensional forms. The design is a clever solution to the challenges presented for sending quality Tasmanian object design around the world.
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.