Having moved on from a 21 year international career as a freelance makeup artist and hair supervisor in the film industry, where every illusion can be created on the human form, Francia has at last been able to practice a long held passion for glass casting.
Smeets takes great pride in her works, each piece being created individually to become a truly unique artwork. When casting, Smeets follows the ancient technique of lost wax. From a sculpture designed in clay or wax, a mold is made. After melting the wax out of the mold, the form is put into a kiln where the final material is melted into the hollow mold. The mold is then annealed over a number of days. When the kiln is cold the mold is removed and the outside shell carefully broken away to reveal the molten sculpture. From here the long finishing process begins; cleaning, sanding and polishing.
Francia's original work is based on the language of sculpture and the processes that underly the creation of form.Taking natural forms from nature as inspiration, she uses the principles of metamorphosis for this transformation, through hue, gesture and movement.
Francia is drawn to working with glass as the degree of light, reflection and colour expressed in glass gives intensity to the surface, edges, weight and balance of the piece beyond that of other sculptural mediums.
Taking natural forms from nature as inspiration, Francia uses the principles of metamorphosis for this transformation, through hue, gesture and movement.