We are very excited to kick off our first of many blog posts that specialize in giving you a behind the scenes look into each of our artists lives! You'll get to know who they are, what inspires them, as well as other fun interesting quirks most people don't know about.
Given that this week is all about Mothers and we're all frantically looking for that "perfect gift" for mom, we thought it would only be appropriate to start with our potter Susan Thomas! Her recent summer collection of ceramic mugs are to die for and the perfect "practical yet artsy" gift for the mom in your life! Check out our interview with Susan below...
How long have you been a potter? Off and on for many years, there was lots of off time.
Why pottery? I make pots because I can't imagine doing anything else.
What materials do you work with? I work with low fire white earthenware.
How would you describe your subject matter? I make work that is useful (I hope!).
What themes seem to occur/reoccur in your work? I think the main theme is color...I like it!
What work do you most enjoy doing? I seem to most enjoy whatever I'm doing at the moment. I do like trimming, so much so, I've trimmed right thru several pots (oh boy!).
What research do you do? I read clay magazines and look at work online.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? What's the worst that can happen? Nobody's going to set your hair on fire!
Have you had other jobs aside from being a potter? For almost 30 years I worked in commercial real estate.
What made you choose ceramics? I love clay. You have to make the piece (where all sorts of things can go wrong), then you must glaze and finish it. There is always the threat of destruction and it is a wonderful surprise when everything works out.
What's your most memorable piece? I'd have to say it was the first set of "varmint jars". They got into an exhibition and sold opening night! The same thing happened with the 2nd set. I figured I was on my way...
Do you have any interesting hobbies? I love to do lots of other things, but my favorite is probably gardening...
What do you read, listen to, or look at to find inspiration? I'd have to say most of my inspiration comes straight from my head...
Can you tell us about your process? No special process, it really just depends on the piece...
Do you have a motto? Make the best work possible.
What three (3) things never fail to bring you pleasure? Making pots, Eddie and Bug!
What risks have you taken in your work? I change my work often and that to me is always a risk...I have no idea how people will react, but they won't set my hair on fire!
Do you have a day job? Making pots is my day job...I do also teach one morning a week at the Ceramic League of Miami.
Have you had to make sacrifices in order to live your life as an artist? Do you encounter misconceptions about that life or choice? I had to sacrifice making pots to earn a living. No complaints, it was a great career.
What do you think is the function of art in society? Do art or artists have a responsibility to do anything in particular? No opinion. Although, I have noticed when people are making pots, they are not on their phone, that's a good thing.
Is there something you are currently working on, or are excited about starting that you can tell us about? I just started working with colored clay and I really like it, but I say that about everything I work on!
To see more of Susan's work click here!