Tony Smither is a sculptor and potter. He had his first experience of ceramics at the College of St. Mark & St. John, in Plymouth (a teacher training college), which quickly developed into an obsession.  After graduating he decided that he had no vocation for teaching and, together with Doreen Gardner, started Orchard Pottery in 1980. His stylised sculptural animals are sculpted in clay either by coiling, using a combination of press-moulding and coiling or by slip casting. Until recently all the work was in stoneware but some pieces are now also made in bronze resin. 

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