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Susan Goldstein

Susan Goldstein

Kentucky Crafted Artist
  • Ceramics


    Susan Goldstein is a renowned artist whose work has been shown in over fifty exhibits both nationally and internationally. She received her Master’s degree from Tufts University and continued her studies in art through various summer workshops at such noted venues as the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Parson’s School of Design. Her work has been published in several major journals such as Ceramics Monthly as well as in the books Ceramic Design by Chris Rich, 500 Bowls published by Lark Books and Pottery Tour of Kentucky by Joe Molinaro. She is an active member and past president of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and has been awarded an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship by the Kentucky Arts Council. Susan is currently president of the Kentucky Craft History and Education Association.

    “My work is an escape from the everyday life of cognitive thinking and academic exercise. Starting off with an image of form and color I begin the construction of the artwork. Changes are made as I respond to what is being created.

    The Sunrise Bowls, made of triangular strips of clay, each have their own rhythm. I randomly cut and attach each strip and then drape the resulting fan shaped slab of triangles into a supporting mold. With excitement and anticipation, an unpredictable form comes into existence…the bowl settles into a defined shape.

    I then choose colors for applying to the surface. The chalk like color combinations are ceramic stains. Due to the spray technique I use, overlaps and the placement of the colors often result in aesthetic effects beyond the scope of my original concept.

    With the Holy Bowls, the colors I spray on the exterior not only color the outside but mist through the holes, affecting the interior in an uncontrolled manner.

    With the clothing pieces I use an article of clothing to respond to and exemplify form and color. Through them I toy with another emotional aspect, the response to motion and growth.

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