Susie Ramsay-Smith

 

My artistic journey was inspired by my mother with painting but once I touched clay I realised I’d discovered the medium for me! Working in clay fulfils my practical side and my potential for creating in 3D blossomed. The primordial nature of using clay appeals to my sense of tradition yet allows my individual style to evolve as I discover its varying qualities when thrown or sculpted. I embrace the dedication required to maintain the skills for throwing functional pottery but relish the freedom of handbuilt, larger scale organic pieces.

I enjoy making sculptural, oxidised stoneware with recycled glass for gardens eg organic bird baths & large ornamental lanterns as well as wheel thrown, artistically decorated home ware. Commissions welcome.

I’m a member of Kent Potters and Sussex Arts Collective and have work in several local galleries. I was Events organiser & Chair of Sussex Potters for 10 years and have exhibited in France and with London Potters, as well as Weald Crafts. I was Resident Potter at Gallery North, Hailsham for many years. I continue to teach pottery from my barn studio near Heathfield.

“Making pottery is a timeless occupation, and the best of pots through the ages have a quality of timelessness about them that transcends chronological and cultural boundaries.  Their appeal is universal.  The essence of form, the movement of a brush, the quality of surface, the hidden meanings, and the integration with mankind’s daily existence over several thousand years, all add to the significance of the art.” (Excerpt from Functional Pottery, by Robin Hopper.)