Christina Y. Smith

born Berkeley, CA 1951
Also known as
  • Christina Yvonne Smith
  • Christina Smith
Berkeley, California, United States
  • American

Christina Y. Smith has lived and worked most of her life in California, studying jewelry and metalsmithing at California State University and San Diego State University. She teaches three-dimensional design at California State and has a large metalworking studio within walking distance of the campus. Smith creates silver jewelry and tea services whose shapes address a wide range of personal issues, from the loss of a parent to her opinions on current politics. She often includes cutout figures in her sculptures to represent people she is "thinking about," a process she describes as "stealing" an element of someone’s soul. (Wagle, "Chris Smith, The Luxury of Stolen Images," Metalsmith, Spring 1999)