Artist Statement:

Using images from my surroundings and icons from my childhood, my current work focuses on the “land” while exploring the cycles that come with changes in seasons and weather and life.

When I first began working with clay, it was considered taboo to make decorative or narrative work.  But coming from a long line of raconteurs, I cannot avoid the “story”.

These pieces are made from earthenware.  The clay is thrown, constructed, modeled; layered with slips, stains, glazes; and fired multiple times.

Throughout this process of layering materials, content and techniques; I strive to balance the formal and the personal, conscious that every decision, every mark must further the plot.

Biography:

Edwardsville artist Susan Bostwick received her MFA in Ceramics with an emphasis in Drawing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art with teaching certification from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.

As a ceramic artist, Susan’s work has been exhibited nationally and is included in a number of publications including “Teapots Transformed, Exploration of an Object”, “500 Animals” and “The Yixing Effect”. Early in her career, she was a member of the cooperative Firehouse Pottery in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood.

Susan has taught for nearly 30 years in a variety of settings that include Craft Alliance, Jacoby Arts Center, John Burroughs School, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Webster University.

As an arts advocate Susan currently serves on the Board for the Jacoby Arts Center as Past President and ARTEAST Project Coordinator.

Susan is the recipient of the 2001 NAWBO Award “Women in Business Honoring Women in Art”, the 2003 “Women of Distinction Award” and in 2006, the Mayor’s Art Award (Edwardsville, Illinois).

Susan Bostwick’s Website:

http://www.susanbostwickceramics.com/