Steve Allen
SMAart Gallery & Studio
San Francisco, California



Artist Statement 
Throwing has always been Steve Allen’s first love in clay. Despite the many creative turns his artwork has taken over the years, he has never strayed far from the wheel. It’s rare to find any of his work that doesn’t include a thrown element. Steve’s work is a cross section of techniques developed over thirty years that includes figurative steampunk sculpture, books, trains, toys, whimsical animals and functional pottery. Many of these items touch on identity, personal history, social, political and environmental issues.

Steve began a career as a machinist in 1983 and worked in the machining trades until 2005. His love for throwing pottery began in 1985 at the Salt Lake Art Center and for sculpting while an undergrad at San Francisco State University, 2001–05. Steve received an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2008. His ceramic sculpture can be found in many private and permanent collections including the de Young Museum, Ceramics Research Center, and Lincoln Public Library. He is an award-winning sculptor and has shown his work nationally and internationally. He creates a variety of artwork from functional pottery to complex sculptural installations.

SMAart Gallery & Studio offers gallery exhibits, studio rentals and ceramic classes. While the center primarily caters to ceramic artists, artists of every media are welcome. Founder Steven M. Allen opened SMAart to fulfill a longtime dream of having a place to SHARE-LEARN-DO art. Experience high-quality art in the gallery, and develop your techniques in classes. Emerging and resident artists create works in an open environment surrounded by other inspiring artists.


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