Susan Miller Ceramics

Susan Miller Ceramics

About The Artist

Susan Miller • New York, NY

Working with clay has been part of a personal journey that began at the age of 20 on a pottery wheel. I am honored to be a part of centuries’ old conversation that links user and maker, engaging in a process of transformation and discovery through form, texture, surface, color and the magic of fire. Noticing the gestures and details of organic forms and the built environment are central to my investigation of stacked forms and groupings of objects.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

I alternate sculptural exploration with making tabletop ware. I begin by throwing a series of forms. I refine and finish them when they are leather hard, often using a rasp to get the surface of each part well-articulated. Some of the forms are stacked. Through a process of play and experimentation, I find combinations that I like and attach them. I add color and surface texture by layering glazes, pouring, brushing and sometimes distressing the surface when they come out of the final firing.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Clay is an old friend that constantly pushes me to new adventures and understandings. I enter the studio and am engaged in a conversation that is both familiar and invigorating, personal and historic. Whether I am throwing, hand-building, glazing or refining work, I am present, in the moment, for hours on end. The transformation of such a humble ingredient that comes from the earth and the chemical reactions that occur through the firing of various other elements are magical.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Customers often comment on the tectonic quality of my work that makes it unique. The work I create is influenced by training in architecture and sculpture. I navigate through the world, alert to the experience of movement through space. I look at skylines and rooftops, doorways and interstitial spaces. I see a relationship between architectural forms and still life. All of this informs the work that I do.