Susanne Stephenson

The continuing focus of my work in ceramic lies in abstracting landscapes through low fire, terra cotta clay. I use a brilliant range of colored ceramic slips and engobes applied in thick, juicy applications. I am pulled in by my gesture. My rounding terra cotta forms become a celebration of colorful viscous layers. To create surfaces with texture and signs of wear I add paper pulp, sting and coffee to my slips.

For myself, the concept of landscape is constantly changing with the warming of the planet, weathering storms and decaying infrastructure. I use forms of the bowl, plate and vase to capture image fragments gathered while exploring my everyday environment in addition to long distant travels. Recently, I am centering in on decay and restoration of both rural and urban landscapes.

I use a digital camera as a tool to capture patched roadways, iced paths and neglected gardens. These images are inspiration for new abstractions on wall plates and stacking forms with wire orbits.

Info

Name
Susanne Stephenson

Activity
artist

Country, region
United States

Website
www.stephensonceramics.com

Biography
Sue Vitae 2016 4page