Meet our students – Herrick Smith


City of residence: Hays, KS
Program/concentration: Art
Field of work: Ceramics

      I guess one might say the program chose me. I apprenticed with Danny Meisinger at spinning Earth Pottery after undergrad and through him I was introduced to Linda Ganstrom and the program here at FHSU. I applied at the end of my apprenticeship and was accepted and began the greatest adventure of my life. I am fascinated by local materials and natural beauty and draw inspiration from both as I make work which spans several media. I primarily fire my ceramic work in atmospheric kilns and I am currently engaged in a project firing large jars in wood kilns across the country for my Thesis Show December 1st of 2017. My experiences in the graduate program have helped me tremendously both personally and professionally as an artist. Through rigorous course work, exposure to national and international artists, and arts communities I feel well prepared to engage at a professional level upon completion of my MFA.

Herrick’s exhibit of Ceramics and Sculpture is currently open and runs through Nov. 18th in the Robbins Center Gallery.


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