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There are hundreds of studio potters and ceramists all over Australia producing unique, beautiful work. At Living Clay Australia we have focussed on the ones who specialise in innovative, functional pottery items that you can use, enjoy and display on a daily basis.
In addition to displaying and selling their work, we are also keen to promote and celebrate the individual artists and potters who produce them, so every item in our online gallery tells you a story about who created it, how it was made and some facts on the individual potter as well. The Potter's profile will be retained in our database for as long as they continue to be part of the Living Clay family even if they do not have any pieces to sell right now so you can look them up at any time.
If you are a potter yourself viewing this site and would like to find out more about how to become part of the Living Clay Australia family, just drop us a note through the contact us page and we will send you a link to access more information on how it all works. We will need to know a little more about you and your work and will also ask you to send us a couple of photographs of some recent pieces to start that ball rolling.
Susan trained in production pottery at Sturt, Mittagong from 1995-1998 under Tony Burgess in the Leach tradition. She also holds a Diploma of Ceramics and a BA in Graphic Design.
In January 2011, she established her own studio in Murrumbateman, NSW, where she makes stoneware and functional porcelain ware. Susan is intently interested in pottery throughout antiquity from Palaeolithic figurines and cave art, through the earliest functional-ware to the classic forms of the Mediterranean civilisations right through to modern forms. She makes a wide range of ‘designerware’ pots which are inspired by the pottery of the Roman Republic and Empire. Her pieces are primarily thrown on the wheel and then assembled by hand. Susan enjoys the challenge of uniting functionality with aesthetically pleasing forms and glazes, and retaining elements of the handmade process.
“I enjoy making classical forms, following structural traditions, but glazing my pots in perhaps an unexpected way that the makers of the traditional form would never have seen or imagined; and I believe that potters of the future will make functional pots in a way that we cannot conceive now. We are part of a living family tree of potters stretching back into antiquity.”
Susan develops and makes all her own traditional, food-safe glazes: tenmoku, chun, seiji, nuka, tomato and copper red among others and fires to 1285° under gas reduction. She enjoys the creativity of a painterly approach to glazing, and frequently uses designs and decoration themes inspired by the Australian landscape. She enjoys the interplay of colour that only glaze-on-glaze can achieve in gas reduction - and her pots reflect that.