Born in 1960 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, Carolein Smit is a Dutch artist based in Belgium. Smit studied at the Academy of Arts Sint Joost in Breda in the Netherlands, training as a lithographer and specialising in drawing. Smit began making works in clay in 1996 at the European Ceramics Working Centre in ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, where she worked for three months. Following the artist-in-residence, Smit was awarded the Keranova Prize. Having no original training as a ceramicist, Smit works outside the boundaries imposed on the field by traditional ceramics training.

In 2018 Smit made three large solo exhibitions in major museums in Europe, namely Myth and Mortality, The Fairytale world of Carolein Smit V&A, London; and L’amour Fou, Grassi Museum, Leipzig. These two exhibitions were combined in the show L’amour Fou at the Drents Museum in Assen in the Netherlands. The three exhibitions were accompanied by an oeuvre book entitled Carolein Smit, Works.

Smit’s works are featured in several private and museum collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, and the Drents Museum in Assen.

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