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  Peter Smik was born in Poprad, Slovakia in 1968.  He graduated from SPŠ-M high school in 1986. Art education SOŠ Uměleckořemelslná Prague. Additional educations for glass and ceramics:
  • 2004, Flat glass processing, Czech Republic
  • 2004, Molten glass, Fusing, Czech Republic
  • 2008, Porcelain paper clay, Grenzhausen, Germany
  • 2009, Ceramic print, Academy Karlsruhe, Germany

Peter Smik’s work is based on the deep, artistic processing of materials, such as stoneware, porcelain and glass which he transforms into diverse ceramic and glass objects. Despite their complexity, they do not deny the traditional task of ceramics. He uses oxidation and reduction atmospheres when firing pottery in electric and gas ovens. The objects reflect the inner limits of the search for truth. His works are presented nationally and internationally, for example in France and Poland.  Furthermore, his work is represented in numerous private collections in Slovakia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Poland.

“Plastic forming means to me to follow the path to the goal. And in the end, the goal can be only reached with endurance, consistent effort and accumulating experience. All my previous works are arising inside of me. They are mainly an expression of my feelings. The definite truth doesn’t exist, nor certainty, only attempts. I enjoy the Searching.”

Exhibitions:

2005 - PLain air LD05; SLOVAKIA

2006 – CHRISTMAS06; SLOvakia

2007 – WOLKER; SLOvakia

2007 – HATS; SLOvakia

2007 – CHRISTMAS07; SLOvakia

2008 – rosy DREAMS; SLOvakia

2008 – FORM; SLOvakia

2008 – GOTHIC WINDOWS; poland, ZAKOPANE

2008 – les sonneurs de trompe; france, BORDEAUX

2009 – CAGE; slovakia, levoča

2009 – rENCONTRES AVEC LA TERRE SLOVAQUE i; fRAnce, BORDEAUX

2010 – rENCONTRES AVEC LA TERRE SLOVAQUE ii; fRAnce, BARSAC

2011 – 3RD INTERNATIONAL TRIENNIAL OF SILICATE ARTS; HUNGARY, KECSKEMÉT

2011 – HANDWERK UND DESIGN; GERMANY, DEGGENDORF

2012 - GARDEN AND CERAMIC OBJECTS, Košice, SLOVAKIA

2012 - Fastfood box; OKC Smižany, SLOVAKIA

2012 – Sag´s mit Blumen, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, GERMANY

2013 - 25x25; Galéria umelcov Spiša, Spišská Nová Ves, SLOVAKIA

2013 - Food box life; Baronka MsKS Kežmarok, SLOVAKIA

Architecture designs:

2005 – Ceramic fountain, private villa, Slovakia, Poprad

2006 – Ceramic wall mosaic, private villa, Slovakia, Repaše

2007 – Clock relief, fused glass, St. Giles Square, Slovakia, Poprad

2008 – Ceramic fireplace, private villa, Slovakia, Gánovce

2008 – Ceramic reliefs, apartment house Solvo, Slovakia, High Tatras

2009 – Ceramic and glass relief, wedding hall, Slovakia, Poprad

2010 – Ceramic mosaic, swimming pool, private villa, Slovakia, Batizovce

2012 – Window-pane, ceramic mosaic, fused glass; Restaurant, Slovakia, Matejovce

He is the author of various ceramic projects and courses and he organizes ceramic courses and workshops for adults, children and primary, special and high schools where he also acts as a lector.

Ceramic projects:

 -          CLAY CONTACTS, 2008, basic pottery course for children.

-          THE SECRETS OF CLAY, 2009, 2010, ceramic workshops for children and young people.

-          REMAIN ACTIVE, 2009, 2010, ceramic workshops for seniors.

-          CREATIVE WORKSHOPS WITH CLAY, 2008, 2009, 2010, pottery workshop for children, young people and teachers at elementary and high schools.

-          Annogallery Open Air, 2009, 2010, free ceramic workshop for children and adults, combined with Raku firing and exhibition of ceramics.

-          ELEMENTS IN HARMONY, 2010, ceramic workshops for children and teachers of special schools.

-          CERAMICS AND WORD SHAPING, 2007 – 1. Annual set, 2009 – 2. Annual set, 2010 – 3. Annual set, 2011 – 4. Annual set, all-state ceramic and literary art competition for primary schools.

Ceramic courses:

CERAMIC SCHOOL, module course, since 2010:

-          Ceramic modeling techniques.

-          Application of glazes, slips, pigments and ceramic firing.

-          Decor, jewelry, relief.

-          Basics – shaping on the pottery wheel.

-          Advanced Pottery Techniques.

-          Ceramic mold casting, plaster mold casting.

-          Alternative and specialized firing techniques.