artistic ceramic craft forms depicting the colors of the Southwestern landscape and sky
Suzanne Hill has been working in clay for over 45 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design, she went on to study with Wayne Higby, Val Cushing, Bob Turner and Dan Rhodes at Alfred College of Ceramics, earning of Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art. Since then, she has taught ceramic art in colleges, schools and camps, worked as an independent potter in New York City, and at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC. She lived overseas for over ten years; in Peru, Mexico, and Bangladesh; where she had the opportunity to study the traditional crafts of those countries and to work with indigenous potters. She enjoys working with all the possibilities clay has to offer and produces a range of both functional and decorative pieces. She shows her work in galleries all over the country, including in Martha’s Vineyard and Acton, MA, Jackson Hole, WY, Salt Lake City, UT, Providence, RI, and Sedona, AZ. Suzanne has a studio at the Umbrella Center for the Arts, in Concord, Massachusetts where she works and teaches. She also teaches at Notre Dame University as a visiting professor. She divides her time between her position in Indiana and the other in Massachusetts.
“I see myself as both an artist and a craftsperson. What separates fine craft from an ordinary object is that it goes beyond pure function and becomes a thing of beauty as well. Even my decorative work is based on functional shapes. As a potter, I am always working with the relationship of form to decoration. There are so many variables when decorating a piece that one must learn to set up the conditions and then to work with the glazing and firing process. It is a combination of some control as well as being guided by the process. As in nature, no two pieces are exactly the same. There is room for infinite variety. In my recent work I have been exploring the relationship between classical shapes and forms found in nature. In the most recent series, the pieces are inspired by my trips to the landscapes of coastal New England and the American southwest. The colors of the landscape and the rock formations combine with the classical vessel shapes to create unique works of art. The driftwood handles on some of the pieces are inspired by the scrub trees found in those windswept and beautiful landscapes.”