Current Exhibition

A Passion for Beauty: Collecting the Work of

Jim Smith


A Passion for Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith showcases an expansive body of work which belongs to collector Frances Gregor. Jim Smith is a ceramic artist living in Chester, Nova Scotia who has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. For twenty-five years Frances Gregor has collected Jim’s work filling her home with his elegant pieces with their sumptuous surface designs.

In this exhibition the collected work becomes an encapsulation of artistic evolution, showcasing Jim’s advancement in skills and technique over decades of his practice. Presented by the pair, their collaboration really started with Frances’s keen patronage and Jim’s guidance of her acquisitions over the years. Frances says of his work “I admire how each of Smith’s pieces tells a story, how he engages the history of ceramics and explores new ways to translate his influences into gracious works of art.”

It is the dream of many crafts people to bring joy into the homes of those who own their works. And the support of collectors can bring a sustaining assurance to an artist’s practice. A Passion for Beauty showcases not only a retrospective of one artist’s career but also shines a light on the nature of Jim and Frances’s relationship. Sharing this collection at the Mary E. Black Gallery welcomes the public into Frances’ living space. And it is at home where, for so many of us who love and admire ceramics, the craft truly is meant to reside; meeting its fullest intention through everyday use, bringing everyday joy.


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We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia are situated in Mi'kma'ki, which is the unceded territory of Mi'kmaq people. We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and endeavor to respect the rights and intentions laid out within it, as we are all treaty people.

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