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Susan Amann
Branchburg, NJ

Artwork Details
With These Hands
clay, pine needles, glass beads, feathers
13" x 6.5"

After graduating from Rutgers University in 1979 with a degree in Art Education, I taught art for a few years before starting a family. I was fortunate to be a "stay at home mom," which enabled me to not only raise my children from relatively close range, but also tout myself as a freelance artist. During that period, painting was my medium of choice. When my youngest was in high school, I found myself back in the ceramic studio where I studied under Ann Tsubota.

I opened my studio on W. High Street in Somerville in 2004. Being a potter can be quite a solitary endeavor, much different from my days of teaching art in the classroom. My desire to teach and be in the company of people has prompted me to open my studio to others. Aside from adult classes and Raku / barrel firing workshops at my studio, I am also the clay artist with Creative Heartwork, a non-profit organization which utilizes the power of the arts to heal children and increase their capacities for wellness and future independence.

My work can be found at the Gallery at Country Squire Pottery, Somerville, NJ and the Green Living and Building Center in Lambertville, NJ. I am a member of: Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ Potters Guild, The American Craft Council and the Center for Contemporary Art.

My work is a mixture of hand-built and wheel thrown pieces that are fired in either an electric or Raku kiln and transcend from functional forms to more sculptural pieces. I most enjoy exploring the Raku technique. This "hands-on" process is dramatic, risky and very quick; producing unpredictable, earthy results. There is an intimacy between potter and clay that develops with each piece. Although difficult to part with sometimes, I like the idea that this part of me, this part of what I love to do, what I love to create, will in turn, take its place in someone's life for them to enjoy; and thus, complete the circle.

Currently, two pieces of Susan's work have been selected for exhibit at the Hunterdon Art Museum and she was chosen as the recipient of the Juror's Award. This exhibited runs through January 4th.