Meet a Heartmade Artist: Carole Smith of McCheek's Mayhem

Today's Heartmade Artist brings bright colors, clever designs, and quirky personality to Houston in the shape of her gorgeous ceramics, sold in stores like Space Montrose and Hello-Lucky. Carole Smith hails from across the pond where she received her B.A. in ceramics from Camberwell College of Arts in London and later obtained a postgraduate degree in ceramics from Goldsmith's College in London. In 2007 she completed a residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts and began creating functional, handmade ceramics glazed in vivid colors. Carole also teaches ceramics at her studio, McCheek's Academy, where children and adults alike can "express their innate creativity while learning the processes involved in ceramics." Calling herself "A Scot in Texas," Carole has become a real Houstonian, blending her own individuality with the melting pot we all call home, and making our homes a brighter place with her art!

What's your favorite thing about being an artist in Houston?

Houston provides many resources for artists and the cost of living is pretty decent here.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

In my studio on my own or in the garden planting some new plants. (Note: Many of Carole's ceramics feature plant leaf pressings from her own garden!)

What's your favorite piece of public art in Houston?

The James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University.

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