My inspiration is the human connection that can be fostered by ceramic vessels. For millennia, pottery has been present in communities and cultures worldwide. Pottery vessels are a means to bring sustenance to mind and body. They provide a means to share what you have with others. And even the clay itself has a mystical quality of capturing something of the human maker within itself. I love pots because are all about community and practical use.
One source of inspiration for my forms and glass come from the outdoors. My favorite memories growing up occurred outside: climbing trees, swimming, walking in clover, laying the grass on my back and gazing up at the sky. I seek to capture the feel of the movement of tall grass in the wind or see branches swaying against the sky; or the ripping lecture of water flowing over rocks. I aspire to let the natural, organic thing happen as I guilt pots, apply glazes and put them in the fire.
These are some of my thoughts about the way I make things.
Susan volunteers in the sanctuary movement for support of immigrants, is a Hot Dish, and Hope monthly volunteer, and holds workshops for Mental Health Greensboro.
Her work can be purchased at The 205 Collaborative, at Hudson's Hill, and via commission.