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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, functional pottery, painting and Raku. Many of these items touch on identity, personal history, social, political and environmental issues.

Steve began a career as 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 leArn- shaRe-creaTe ART. Develop your techniques in classes, experience high quality art in the gallery, emerging and resident artists create works in an open environment surrounded by other inspiring artists.

Current Work
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Throwing on the wheel
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Steampunk Fish Red-Yellow-Blue
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Greekpunk Gears
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Two Pulleys
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Angler Fish
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Steampunk Duck Cup
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Golden One
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Steampunk Dog
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Small Steampunk Fish
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Time Traveler
Websites and Social Media
Upcoming Events

30 Ceramic Sculptors Exhibition

April 19th - May 13th

John Natsoulas Gallery
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, APRIL 28th, 7pm – 10pm The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts will hold its annual gallery-wide 30 Ceramics Sculptors exhibition in concurrence with the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA). The work will be on display from April 19 – May 13, 2017.
CCACA: April 28th-30th, 2017

2017 Potters Council Juried Show - NCECA

March 22-24, 2017

Portland, OR during the NCECA Annual Conference.


SMAart Gallery

March 1st -April 29th

SMAart Gallery & Studio is pleased to present POUR. A selection of Pouring vessels from the studio. Pitchers, creamers, teapots, jugs, gravy boats and more...

Art Walk: Thursday March 2nd, 6-9pm
Location: SMAart Gallery & Studio,
1045 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat 11:30am - 5:30pm

Part of the  Lower Polk /// TL Art Walk

General Info
SMAart Gallery & Studio
San Francisco
Studio Address
SMAart Gallery & Studio
1045 Sutter St
San Francisco
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