Over the years the continuing focus of my work in ceramics has been abstracting landscapes in low fire terracotta clay. The brilliant range of ceramic pigments at this temperature in thick, juicy slips and engobes continues to hold my interest. I am pulled in by the gesture. It becomes a celebration of color floating in thickly applied slips over the rounding terracotta form. The bowl, plate and the vase forms are where I capture image fragments from the expanding landscape my travel experiences. Recently I have created more texture by adding paper pulp and string to my slips, which has increased the depth of my surfaces. These slips are often made from recycled slips and vitreous engobes.The concept of the landscape for me is constantly changing along with the warming of the planet, weathering storms and decaying inter-structures. I seem to be centering in on decay and repair of urban and country landscape.

Use of the digital camera allows me to capture patched roadways, iced paths and  decayed gardens. These images are inspiration for new abstractions on my wall plates and vessels.  I am mixing organic materials besides paper with my slip to create more focus on the texture to show this disintegration and  natural results of age due to extreme changes in the weather.

To contact Susanne regarding works for sale or inquiries, please email her at susannestephenson1@gmail.com.

To see other works of John and Susanne go to www.stephensonceramics.com.

1957    B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University
1960    M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art

1963    1991: Professor of Art, Eastern Michigan University, ‘91 Emeritus status
1960    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2010    “Recycled Landscapes.” Clay Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
2002    Landscape Gestures, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
1998    REVOLUTION, Ferndale, MI
1991    Schneider-Bluhm-Loeb Gallery, Chicago, IL, also ’86, ‘88 Swidler Gallery, Royal Oak, MI
1990    Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY, also ’86, Los Angeles CA 84, 87

2016    NCECA Honor and Fellows Exhibition Leedy-Voilkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
2016    “…After All These Years” University Gallery Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
2016    “Materials: Hard & Soft” Patternson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX.
2014       20th San Angelo National Competion,San Angelo,TX
2014    IAC Biennial Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland

*Catalogue  +Traveling  #Awards  

2013    “Collective Energy” Lonestar College, North Harris, TX
2013    “Legacy of the Land Through Art”  Matthaei Botanical Garden, Ann Arbor, MI
2012    “Sources and Influences contemporary Clay Artists, Mentors and Student, Huntington Art Museum, WV
2012    “New World s Timeless Visions”IAC Biennial Exhibition, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2012    “20 Years Strong: Women Working in Clay”  Women Made Gallery, Chicago IL
2011    “Looking at the Land”, Color and Form, two person, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI
2009    International Ceramic Exhibition, Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, China
2009    “Pillars”Four Decades in Clay, CCS Detroit MI 2008
2008    “Michigan Ceramics,”Wayne State University, Detroit MI #
2007    Clayscape,landscape, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
2006    Clay/10, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI
2006    IAC Exhibition, Riga, Latvia
2006    Clay Journeys, Susanne  with Marie Woo, Detroit, MI
2005    Visceral Vessel, San Antonio, TX
2004    IAC Members Exhibition Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea *
2003     Duo show, with Marie Woo, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI
2003    21st Century Ceramics, Columbus, Ohio  *
2002    Sidney Meyer Award Exhibition, Victoria Australia
2002    International Academy  of Ceramics Exhibition, Athens, Greece
2002    “Talking Hands” two person, Midland , MI
2001    1st Ceramic Biennale International Competition, Korea *
2001    IAC Members Exposition, Korea *
2000    International Invitational, Shiwan and Jingdezhen, PR China
2000    International Academy of Ceramics, KERAMION, Frechen, Germany
1997    Kutani International Ceramics Fair 97, Komatsu City, Japan *
1996    Monarch Ceramic Competition, Center for the Arts, Florence AL *
1995    4th International Ceramics Competition, Mino, Japan *
1994    Fletcher Challenge Award Exhibition, Auckland, NZ *
1994    “Late 20th c. Ceramics Everson,at Taiwan National Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1994    Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY *
1979    “Century of Ceramics in the U.S.A.,” Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY * +

2010    Elected to American Craft Council of Fellows
2002    Elected to NCECA “Honor of the Council”
2001    Elected member of International Academy of Ceramics(IAC)
1992    Honorary Doctor of Arts Awarded, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
1987–88 Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, Midwest-National Endowment for the Arts
1987–88 MI Council for the Arts, Creative Artist Grant

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic;The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Victoria and Albert, London, England; The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NC; George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, Canada, American Ceramic Museum Flican, Fuping Shaanxi China and San Bao Collection, P.R. China;

FOREIGN STUDY    Japan, Spain, Czech Republic, P.R. China and Denmark

All images © 2014-2016 Clay Gallery

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All pieces are terracotta thrown, slab and altered with colored clay slips, vitreous engobes and glaze.