Jeff D Smith
Free Spirit Pottery
My great uncle got me started in clay at a young age. I would visit him once a year and make things on the potter's wheel. I never stayed long enough to see a project through to completion. A few months later after my visit a box would show up at my house with the finished pieces. Eventually he told me that I should take a class to learn all the skills needed to finish a project on my own.
In the summer of 2001 I started in the Ceramics Program at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak. Since then I have been working toward an Associate Degree in Ceramic Technology and in 2006 was invited by the instructor to participate in the OCC Potters Market. Only advanced students that show proficiency in their craft as well as displaying a unique style are invited into this show (which is the largest of its kind in the country). The program at OCC focuses on hand building, wheel throwing and all the other aspects associated with producing and selling ceramics as a vocational experience.
I have taught pottery and origami at the Auburn Hills Community Center in the past, and I am currently teaching the Hai Gui Tai Chi on Saturdays through the Meet Up Flower of Life. Be sure and check out the website if you are interested in the Tai Chi schedule, times and location. Along with Tai Chi I have practiced Kung Fu for several years obtained the rank of Second Degree Green Sash from the school of Chinese Martial Arts, in Berkeley, MI.
As a day job I am a self-employed engineer producing automated test equipment. My company is called JDS Test Consulting. Check out the website to see if my company can help you with any of your engineering needs.
The martial arts training and engineering background come together in the pottery I produce as functional and inspirational to use and enjoy. Each piece is food safe and dishwasher and oven safe. Check the bottom of each piece of pottery for different sayings.