Suzanne studied Studio Arts and Art History receiving 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 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.” 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 the ‘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. Finally, in 2016, she established her studio in Sharpsburg, GA to create functional production pottery and custom designs. Her studio is called “Indigo Pottery Studio”. Indigo being the color of perception and intuition, are traits that Suzanne admires and so named her work.
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 as well as the Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour. She is also a member of FAACE, the Fine Arts and Craftsman Entrepreneurs group. She brings her business career experience from IT Management and owning a business to helping the arts organizations in her community thrive and grow.
About her work, 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. Her work has been shown in the NCAA 2018 Juried Art Show, where she placed in the Top Ten Honors. She also exhibited her work in the Blue Ridge Mtn Art Assoc. "3D Off the Wall" show where her work was selected second overall in the "People's Choice" vote.
Her pottery is sold in gift shops located in Tyrone, GA and Newnan, GA. Her studio is open by appointment.
During the studio tour
100 Annes Lane
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
(studio is in the rear of the house on the basement level)
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.
You can also find her pottery for sale at the following shops:
Gillyweed Bliss in Newnan, GA
Treasures Old & New in Newnan, GA