Joseph L. Smith is one of the founding members of the K.C. Clay Guild. He has an Associate Arts of Arts from Penn Valley Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a Masters of Arts from UCM in Warrensburg, Mo. As an artist he has had over 12 one person exhibitions and participated in the Brookside Art Annual, Prairie Village Art Show, Crown Center Art Exhibition, and Laclede's Art Exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri, all of these are juried local events. In total he has been selected for inclusion for over 100 juried exhibitions across the US. His art works are part of the Sprint Collection, Truman Medical Center Collection, Gates and Sons, Gamier, & Wirth, Inc and in the collection of Christopher ( Kit ) Bond, former Governor and Senator of Missouri.
Currently he is a signature member of KWS, MOWS, TWS and a juried member of WW society. He served as Vice President of the KC Clay Guild for several years and started Raku night as a fund raiser. While on the KC Clay Guild board he suggested having a tea bowl exhibition to raise funds and to seek grant funds from the Francis Family Foundation.
One of his students, Joe Petty, was featured in the Kansas City Star section, 816. May 14, 2014.
One of Joe's many objectives is to instruct individuals in creating functional and creative clay designs.