cheryl mackey smith    fine art

Contact Cheryl

Asheville, NC


As a child, Cheryl loved to explore the outdoors along trails and little streams near her house outside Schenectady, NY with her older brothers from the time she could walk! They would roam the woods and collect rocks, twigs, and other decomposing forest elements on their explorations! She maintained a large rock collection catalogued in cardboard egg cartons on shelves in her closet!

Her current body of hand-formed ceramics speaks directly to her love of the natural world. Each and every small piece of clay is handcrafted carefully to depict aspects of nature, whether real or abstracted. As she applies the fired ceramics to the archival backings, her knowledge of composition and feel for the random occurrences in nature develop into the finished framed fine art ceramic wall pieces.

She and her husband have recently moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina where she continues her hunt for rocks, twigs and the natural patterns in nature to gain inspiration for her clay pieces.

You can find her work at indoor and outdoor art festivals across the country, at the Grovewood Gallery at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, The Folk Art Center of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, and at Ariel Gallery in Downtown Asheville at 19 Biltmore Ave.