Susan earned her Master’s degree in American Literature from Tulane, but all she really wanted to do was make things out of clay.
She took her first class in wheel throwing at Earth & Fire Studio from the inimitable Kate Tonguis. She taught herself to carve in relief, interpreting scenes from literature and mythology. When the sculptures began to climb off the pots, it was time to get serious.
In 2007, Susan studied at Penland School of Craft with Matt Kelleher and Shoko Teruyama. She continues to attend workshops whenever possible, most recently with Beth Cavener and Tip Toland, always looking for new ways to channel her love of gesture, texture, humor, fabric, dark legends, animals, and botanicals. Her pieces always have a back story.