Suzanne Kleese-Stamps - Potter & Paper artist
Suzanne studied Art Studio 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 studied ceramics taught by potter and professor Stephen 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.”
In addition to focusing her studies on ceramics, she embarked on an independent study to explore paper-making and creating 3-dimensional works of art using hand-made paper, and dyes. For her body of work, she was awarded ‘Most Promising Artist’ honors from her professors when she graduated.
After college, Suzanne continued studying the 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 studio in Sharpsburg, GA to create functional production pottery and custom designs. The studio is called “Indigo Pottery Studio”.
She also continues her paper-making craft through her home studio as well. She is currently a board member of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association and is on the founding board for the Artisans Heritage Guild. Her efforts with the Artisans Heritage Guild is to promote high craftsmanship training and apprenticeship, to ultimately create a Folk School in our region for the purpose of teaching metal smithing, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry making, wood working and glass arts to aspiring and established craftspeople.
Suzanne says “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, hand-thrown pottery including dinnerware, travel mugs, and sculptural pots.
During the studio tour
Payment Types Accepted
Check, Credit Card & Cash.
678-416-6140 (call or text)
Suzanne is not accepting students at this time.
before and After the tour
Visitors can place orders up to 4 weeks in advance for mugs, travel tumblers, and bowls to have ready for pick up in the studio. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to place order.
Visitors who place orders on the date of the studio tour will have items shipped within 4 weeks.
From the Thomas Crossroads intersection, take Hwy 154 south to Lower Fayetteville Road. Turn left onto Lower Fayetteville Road and turn on to the first road on the right, Bob Smith Road. Travel approx. 1.5 miles to Annes Lane on the right. It is a gravel road. Turn right onto Annes Lane, travel past the horse pasture on the left, and our house/studio is just beyond the horse pasture - park in front of the house, and walk around the back to the entrance of the studio.
100 Annes Lane
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
(studio is in the rear of the house on the basement level)