Altitude

Voted Bozeman's "Best Art Gallery" since 2010

An eclectic, contemporary art gallery
in the heart of Bozeman, Montana

 

Whitney Smith

I fell in love with throwing clay on the wheel when I took a class at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz in 1994. I had a fantastic teacher, Dan Martinez, who skillfully taught me all the basics, and allowed me to take many independent study classes to hone my talent. I went on to the University of California to study for a degree in anthropology, but I continued to work in my garage studio and assisted another Santa Cruz artist, Sandi Dihl, at her clay studio. While I seriously considered going on to graduate studies for anthropology, I felt a deep passion for clay that I wanted to turn into a full-time living. After relocating to the Bay Area I worked as a floral designer in San Francisco and as an assistant for Bob Pool while continuing to develop my own pots on the side. With the help and support of family, friends, and clients, I was able to make the leap to full-time potter in early 2000. My design sense is primarily informed by my obsession with flowers and other forms found in nature. I have painted and drawn since I was a small child, and many of my designs are influenced by other painters and 2-D artists. I am also strongly influenced by Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement of the 19th early 20th Century. I like the look and feel of old things and antiques, and my glaze choices have a certain look that reminds people of a different era. I also try to emulate the craftmanship of an earlier time.

Lidded Vessel with Bird
Vintage green with white bird
2.5" tall x 4.4" wide
$44

Lidded Vessel with Bird
White with yellow bird
2.5" tall x 4.4" wide
$44

Jam or Honey Pot with Bird
Pink with white bird
4" tall
$44

Bird Creamer
Pink with white bird
5" tall
$48

Large Bird Bowl
Emeraude green with brown birds
8" diameter
$78

Dogwood Dessert Plate
Yellow
6" diameter
$38

Dogwood Dessert Plate
Red
6" diameter
$38

Dogwood Dessert Plate
French grey
6" diameter
$38

Dogwood Lidded Vessel
White
2.5" tall x 4.4" wide
$46

Dogwood Lidded Vessel
Yellow
2.5" tall x 4.4" wide
$46

Tulip Vase
Pink
6" tall x 3" wide
$44

Large Datura Vase
White
11" tall
$120