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Newnan-Coweta Art Association

SEPTEMBER 2018 – Suzanne Kleese-Stamps

Suzanne Kleese-Stamps studied Studio Art and Art History and received her BA in Fine Arts from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. During this time, she turned her attention from painting and drawing to find a passion for 3-dimensional art and expression. She took her first ceramics studyprogram under potter andprofessor Stephen Forbes DeSole
and was hooked. Suzanne says, “I learned all aspects of the art from hand-building to sculpting, but found my groove in throwing pottery on the wheel.”

After college, Suzanne continued studying all aspects of ceramic studio operations and more advanced throwing skills from the program offered by the Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. In 2016, she established her home studio in Sharpsburg, GA to create functional production pottery and custom designs.

“My interest in the art pottery of the Arts & Craft Movement in the early 20th century influences my work today. The work of the Rookwood pottery designer Ketaro Shirayamadani caught my attention early in my artistic career. As a collector of art pottery, living with the pieces from this era, has led me to explore more
modern interpretations of the design and glazing techniques to make them relevant to our functional objects today.”

She specializes in creating functional, beautiful hand-thrown pottery including dinnerware, travel mugs, and sculptural pots. All her pieces are handcrafted, one at a time, using traditional methods and she often employs transfer techniques to decorate her pottery.  At the September meeting Suzanne demonstrated rice paper decal transfer methods and laser print waterslide decal transfer methods.

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