Elizabeth Smith Jacobs



Elizabeth has been teaching art for over twenty-five years and has been an exhibiting artist for the last twelve. She has a BFA from SUNY Purchase and a Masters in Art Education from NYU. She has owned and operated The Clay Studio in Montclair since 1991. Jacobs is a mixed media artist who works in a wide variety of materials, from clay to to photography, from metal to fabric, from cement to bones.


Commissions & Public Art

I was commissioned by the Anastasopoulos Family to create a memorial for their son Tony who was killed on the railroad tracks at the age of Seventeen. I decided to use a dilapidated bench, located next to Montclair High School, as an armature in which to tell Tony’s story, celebrate his life, and remind the kids as to how dangerous the tracks can be. I built over the existing bench with Styrofoam and cement using the Polyadam Cement system. Each surface of the bench is embedded with his words, his story, and how he was killed. On the side is a plaque with a poem his brother Jason wrote for him, as well as baby brother Sasha’s tiny footprints.

Montclair High School

Unity Vessels


Krausers Chairs Commission


Empty Bowls


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Recent Paintings: 2017


Paintings / Pastels: Fall 2014



Clay Decanters