Suzanne 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 study program under potter and professor 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. She also continued her studies in 3D surface design techniques in Abiquiu, New Mexico at the Ghostranch; and in Farmington, PA at the Touchstone Center for Crafts; as well as in Brasstown, NC at the venerable John C. Campbell Folk Art School. In 2016, she established her home studio in Sharpsburg, GA to create functional production pottery and custom designs. Her work is represented in galleries and shops located in Georgia, Alaska, North Carolina, Vermont, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, Connecticut, California, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“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.”
Suzanne has exhibited her work in regional and national shows such as:
- Fire & Ice show in Macon, GA
- Fired Works show in Macon, GA.
- Artisans on the Square Celebrating Clay, Greensboro, GA
- SIP A Ceramic Cup Show in Savannah, GA
- Dirty South Cup Competition in River Oaks, LA
- Blue Ridge 3D Off-The-Wall exhibit
Her pottery is included at the Arts Clayton Gallery gift store, Arts Alliance Gallery of Macon, GA as well as in gift shop boutiques across Georgia and the U.S. Suzanne also helps organize the yearly Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour in the south metro area and opens her studio to visitors during this time. The SHASTour takes place each November during the second weekend of the month.
She specializes in creating functional, beautiful hand-thrown pottery including dinnerware, travel mugs, and sculptural pots. All her pieces are hand-crafted, one at a time, using traditional methods.