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Malcolm Mobutu Smith


Malcolm Mobutu Smith is an artist and teacher, currently associate professor of ceramic art at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned an MFA from the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1996 and studied at both the Kansas City Art Institute and Penn State University, receiving a BFA in ceramics in 1994.

Malcolm is active in presenting workshops and lectures and participating in residencies, including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, and the Robert McNamara Foundation. His works are represented at The Luise Ross Gallery, New York City and are held in numerous private and public collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, FuLed International Ceramic Art Museum, Beijing, China, Haan Museum, and Indiana State Museum.

Guided by improvisation merging the graphic with form in space, Malcolm’s work relies on wheel-thrown and hand-built forms, most commonly presented as abstractions of cups, bottles, and vases. His studio interests include ceramics, drawing and 3D printing.

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