For many years, Bonnie worked with clay. Her simplistic forms were used making ceramic pods and hanging shadow boxes. This work was influenced by nature and often used natural elements to provide texture as well creating ideas for design.
In 2016, she started to work in stained glass, making lampshades, candle votives, garden ornaments, and one of a kind glass pendant necklace.
Her work has now moved to the creation of stained-glass panels influenced by the work of Frank Llyod Wright. She uses a combination of clear and opaque glass with a textured surface to create prairie or mission-style pieces.
When asked to describe her work, Bonnie says she likes making unique pieces that invite comment and reflect the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi…the beauty of things modest and humble, the beauty of things unconventional.
Smith has a master’s degree and spent her professional career in health care administration with a focus on women’s health. Since her retirement, she has followed her interest in art, attending a variety of art workshops, including summer sessions at Penland School of Crafts.