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Wally Smith

Biography to Display: 


BA, Education, University of Tennessee

MS, Crafts, University of Tennessee


Wally Smith was studying with Harriet Gill at the University of Tennessee when she took him to meet Charles Counts at Rising Fawn. This meeting led him to study pottery on the graduate level at the University of Tennessee with Sandy Blain. After graduation Smith began producing a full line of functional work using stoneware. At this time, all of his handles featured a thumb-stop which became a way of identifying his work.

Smith, in partnership with Joe Osolnik, opened his first retail gallery, The Potter’s Mark, in 1971 outside Gatlinburg, TN. After a fire in 1988 he moved to Hilton Head Island and opened Smith Galleries with his wife, Jean. In 1992 Smith stopped making pottery becoming a full-time Gallerist.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina


Bibliography to Display: 

DeVere, Paul. “The Art and Craft of Selling Art.” Celebrate Hilton Head, November 2006.





the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
Tobacco Pot
Date: 1970-2000
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 12, 2019.