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  • f:LUX Surface

    f:LUX Surface - Luxury porcelain surfaces that glow with beautiful translucency

    Amy Frankie Smith's designs are sleek, abstract compositions creating veneers of translucent porcelain for interiors.

    Amy's Winston Churchill Fellowship project 'Architectural Terracotta: An Exploration of Transatlantic Opportunity' explores traditional and innovative applications of terracotta across the USA and UK. This research informs Amy's approach to surface design in porcelain.

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Terracotta Events coming up…

We have some talks and courses coming up about the history and practical conservation of architectural terracotta: THIS SATURDAY 7th June 4pm   West Street Loft, West Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5WG Adur Art Festival A visually inspiring presentation about architectural terracotta and the reasons for growth of the material across America (New York, Chicago … Continue reading

Medina House

Medina House at Risk

Please be aware that Planning Application BH2013/0341 has been registered for Medina House  for demolition and development and 8 storey residential building including basement parking. One would think it will be easily dismissed by the Council as the proposals completely disregard the recommendations in the recently compiled Planning Brief.If you wish to comment do so before 14th November … Continue reading

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Hampton Court’s Terracotta Roundels

Sculptor Giovanni Da Maiano invoiced Cardinal Wolsey in 1521, requesting payment for eight painted and guilded terracotta roundels  (‘octo rotundas imagines, ex terra depictas et deauratas’) to embellish his newly refurbished Hampton Court Palace. These 500 year old terracotta roundels are significant; not just for their age and remarkable condition, quality and sculptural detail, but also as … Continue reading

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a little homage to Louis Sullivan

The buzz of Jazz in the Millenium Park… extreme window cleaners… on the 41st floor of Randolph Tower scaffold… Oakland’s glistening glazes… my so sore foot… the legend that is Tim Samuelson… eerie Buffalo and its majestic grain elevators… heady Broadway terracotta and neon… gloss gleaming terracotta across San Francisco… Susan Tunick… my sturdy red … Continue reading

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f:LUX Surface in the round

Experimentation with translucent porcelain using large bowl moulds led to these luscious pendant shades. The vibrant quirky setting of Bar None is chilled in a sheek, calming ambiance as the dimmer is turned up on this line of shades which are suspended delicately above the bar. Bar None is fully licenced independent bar (stocked with the … Continue reading

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Profile piece in the Victorian

I featured as one of 5 ‘Young Victorians’ for the Victorian Society journal this month.

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f:LUX

Introducing f:LUX : Beautifully translucent porcelain light panels that are back-lit with delicate designs carved into the clay to glow creating a gentle ambient light in the room. Ebbing and flowing lines form the Rivulet series. Organic curves and more geometric compositions are carved into the porcelain clay creating designs fitting with my stylised aesthetic. … Continue reading

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Lancing’s Sensory Garden Project

Alongside development of new work in porcelain I have been involved in a lovely project; Lancing Sensory Garden (location on Google map). I’ve been asked to make the signage lettering for the community garden being constructed centrally in Lancing. The garden really does have community at its heart; with local companies being involved and giving skills and materials … Continue reading

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Notes from the workbench

I’m thinking about translucency. Working with porcelain allows me to give a more delicate and even finer feel to my compositional curve sketches. I’m thinking about repetition as well and how I can achieve a look of ebb and flow and of asymmetry in a repeating pattern. Moving from 2-dimensions and working in delicate relief to 3-dimensions and forms … Continue reading

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