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The Elegant Line in Form and Finish

Posted By Linda Stover On May 20, 2013 @ 12:41 pm In Featured Artist,PC Members Only,Potters Council | No Comments

Featured Presenter: SUSAN FILLEY

Altered Approach to Clay 
September 13-15, 2013

Susan has worked for over 30 years as a studio potter, she received her Master’s of Fine Arts in ceramics from LSU. Susan’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the Fletcher Challenge Awards in New Zealand and in many national exhibitions – 21st Century American Ceramics, Contemporary Clay National Exhibition, and the Strictly Functional Pottery National. Recognized for her gestural grace in form and rich glaze surfaces, her work has been published in both books and magazines – Ceramic Design Book, 500 Teapots, High Fire Glazes and more. Her works are in the Shiwan Museum in China, the La Grange Museum, Georgia, and many private collections.


Susan Filley was the President of NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, and the first studio potter to serve in that position. She is now recognized as a Fellow of the Council.


Susan has taught in many capacities including Penland Craft School, Arrowmont Craft School, college and museum programs, and many workshops. Awarded a grant by the SC Arts Commission in 1999, Susan established an innovative studio gallery in Charleston, SC, which was devoted to supporting ceramic art. In 2005, Susan moved and built a private studio in Chapel Hill, NC.


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Altered Approach to Clay

Nashville, Tennessee

September 13-15, 2013

The Elegant Line in Form and Finish

As we work through our ideas, and the pots that we make, we slowly find a sense of voice in our work. Susan has worked exclusively in porcelain for over 30 years and her work has a defining sense of gestural form and elegance. These pots evolved from quite simple and basic pots with flowing calligraphic brushwork decoration. Susan will share some thoughts about developing her sense of form and attention to detail. A collector described her work as having that special understated touch of beauty that one finds in a simple natural wonder, a stone or flower just found along the path.


As a thrower, Susan starts with thrown forms and then dramatically alters them, cutting away parts, folding, forming and reattaching to make her lovely graceful pots. Susan will demonstrate the techniques in parts, as the process takes time and patience to alter with porcelain successfully. These steps, to cut away and fold the thrown forms, to carefully combine forms and then to finish with various tools to create flawless surfaces can lead to many approaches and ideas.


During the demonstration, Susan will also share information about her glazes. She  fires in a gas kiln creating rich colors and microcrystalline surface detail. Her uniquely varied forms seem to demand a wide array of glaze approaches from layered crystal mattes to the simple elegance of her opal clear.









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