Christine Hester Smith - Ceramics - Biography

Christine (Poole) was born and brought up in Kelso, Scottish Borders. After leaving school in 1972, she spent 9 months in north west Sicily with a village craft project where, along with a group of students from Dartington Hall school, she helped to establish a pottery in Scopello near Palermo. She then went on to complete an art foundation course followed by a 3 year BA in ceramics at Bath Academy of Art under the tutor ship of John Colbeck.

In 1978 she and Rodger set up the pottery at Barnbarroch, (near Kippford in Dumfries and Galloway). She has since been working as a full time potter in Galloway where the majority of her work has been sold directly from the showroom, and she has exhibited widely throughout Scotland and the UK.


      2015 Leeds Craft and Design Gallery 'Figure That'

      2014  The Red Barn Gallery Featured Artist

    • 2013 The Bowie Gallery at Hay on Wye Book Festival
    • 2013  Winter, McGill Duncan Gallery
    • 2011 ' Fire and Earth', (Scottish Potters Association), Gracefield Arts Centre
    • 2011 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', Imagine Gallery
    • 2011 'Flights of Fancy' McGill Duncan Gallery
    • 2010 Galloway Exhibition, 'Dark Skies', McGill Duncan Gallery
    • 2010 'Off the Wall', Gracefield Arts Centre
    • 2010 'The Shape of Things', Mainhill Gallery
    • 2009 'Glimpses of Galloway Past & Present', McGill Duncan Gallery
    • 2009 'Out of the Blue', Mainhill Gallery
    • 2009 ''The Affordable Art Fair' London, with Mainhill Gallery
    • 2008 'Impressions of Galloway Past and Present, McGill Duncan Gallery
    • 2008 'All the Trimmings', Booth House Gallery
    • 2008 ' Festive', Gallery Top
    • 2007 'Pushing Boundaries', Booth House Gallery, Holmfirth
    • 2007 'Country Pursuits 3' The Whitehouse Gallery. Kirkcudbright
    • 2005 'Designs Summer Exhibition, Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
    •           'Country Pursuits'Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
    • 2004 'A Christmas Present' The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    • 2003 'Planted' Gracefield Arts Centre, Craft Focus Gallery
    •          'Christmas Exhibition', The Queen's Gallery, Dundee
    •          'Christmas Art Show' Lillie Art gallery, Milngavie
    •          'Cats' Laburnum Gallery, Penrith
    • 2002 'The Collins Christmas Show', Collins Gallery, Glasgow
    •          'Paired', The Crawford Arts Centre, St Andrews
    • 2001 'A Christmas Present,' The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    •          '15 Scottish Artists', Gallerie du Bois d'Amour, Pont-Aven, Brittany
    • 1996 ''Triptich' Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
    •           'Zoo' Todd Garner Gallery, Glasgow
    •           'Tiled Out' Laburnum Ceramics, Penrith
    • 1995 'Uisge Beatha', Collins Gallery, Glasgow.
    •           'Endangered Species', Lamont Gallery, Bethnall Green, London
    • 1993 Spring exhibition, Frames Gallery, Perth
    • 1991 'The Chosen Few', Open Eye, Edinburgh.


      2002 The Broughton Gallery Spring show, Biggar, Scotland

      1998 'Time and Tide', Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas

      1993 'Decorated Earthenware', Mainhill Gallery, Ancrum

      1992 'Recent Ceramics' Open Eye, Edinburgh

      1989 'Decorated Earthenware' Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

      1981 'Ceramics' Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh


      2014 Potfest in the Park

      2013 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest 

      2012 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest

      2012 'Earth and Fire', Rufford Arts Centre

      2011 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest

      2010 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest

      2009 'Earth and Fire', Rufford Arts Centre

      2009 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest

      2008 'Clay Art', Denbigh

     2008 'Potfest in the Park', Hutton in the Forest


     2003-2015 'Spring Fling' Dumfries and Galloway


     Dumfries and Galloway Craftmaker's Award 2012

     Scottish Arts Council 'Creative Development' 2008

      Dumfries and Galloway Craftmaker's Award 2006


     500 Figures in Clay 2014 Lark Books

     The Best of 500 Ceramics Lark Books 2012

     Advanced Pottery by Linda Bloomfield 2010 Robert Hale

     500 Vases 2010 Lark Books

     500 Plates & Chargers 2008 Lark Books

     Millars Collectors & Antique Guide 2000 modern ceramics

     Tony Birk's book 'Pottery' Pan Craft books (early work as Christine Poole)