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Suze Lindsay

Suze Lindsay

Suze Lindsay’s stoneware pots subtly suggest human form and character as she manipulates her pieces by altering them after they are thrown. An integral part of her work includes using surface decoration to enhance form by patterning and painting slips and glazes for firing in the salt kiln. Lindsay’s vases have soft female curves and decorations that imply clothing. Many of her forms are raised on a pedestal-like foot that serves as a skirt. Her method of stacking various volumes allows her to play with human proportions and relationships. Altering a pot out of the round creates contrasting angles that suggest hips and waists. Together with her partner, Kent McLaughlin, Suze shares a passion for working with her hands, and for making pots for everyday use that are well crafted and a pleasure to use.

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Suze Lindsay at MudFire

Gallery group show Potters Of The Roan, April 2009


Suze Lindsay Artist Bio

Suze Lindsay is a studio potter living and working in the NC mountains. Her ceramic studies include a two-year fellowship from 1987-89 at Penland School of Crafts as a "core student", followed by earning an MFA from Louisiana State University. She also holds two educational degrees, one in special education and the other in Montessori teaching theory. In 1996, after completing three years as an artist in residence at Penland, Suze and her husband, Kent McLaughlin set up and began potting in their studio in Bakersville, NC under the name Fork Mountain Pottery.

Suze Lindsay's stoneware pots subtley reference the figure, as she is known for her altered pottery forms that are decorated and fired in a salt kiln. Her mark-making is strongly influenced by the study of historical ceramics with a focus on surface decoration used to enhance form by patterning and painting slips and glazes. Suze has taught at numerous art centers and universities including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute Curaumilla Art Center, and Ohio University She has been a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay Conference in Tennessee, the Alabama Clay Conference, North Country Studio Conference in Vermont, and Fusion-Ontario Clay and Glass Association Conference in Toronto. Awards include Best of Show in the First Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, and Emerging Artist at the 2000 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art conference.

Her work is in the permanent collections of George E Ohr Museum in Biloxi MS, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan ,San Angelo Museum of Fine arts, San Angelo, TX., Islip Art Museum, NY, Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens OH, Greenwich House Pottery, NY, Lancaster Museum of Art, East Petersburg, PA, Rocky Mount Arts Center, Raleigh, NC The North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, and Manchester Craftsmans Guild, Pittsburgh, PA Solo Exhibitions in 2006 include the Manchester Craftsman Guild in Pittsburgh, PA and the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove NC.


Suze Lindsay Artist Statement

I believe pottery can transcend the purely utilitarian, becoming a work of art that is integrated into our daily living. I envision functional pottery not only in terms of straightforward usefulness, but also, its ability to invite the user to take pleasure in everyday activities, inviting participation, promoting hospitality.

Our culture appears to have less and less appreciation for meaningful ritual, such as Sunday suppers at Grandma's. The gathering together of family and friends around the dinner table can be a catalyst for ritual. As we see more people at fast-food restaurants, it appears that a home-cooked meal is a thing of the past. Since pottery has a strong relationship with food service and meal times, it has the potential to intensify the depth of meaning and memory each person carries away from the table. Cooking, eating, and sharing, are all important uses for my pots.

Pottery exists in a socially interactive framework involving daily rituals that vary from the mundane to the exalted. My work varies according to the event, such as a homey breakfast for two, a candelabrum to light a dinner party, or a platter to serve a main course.

Suze Lindsay Artist Resume

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Master of Fine Arts. 1992
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, Fellowship, Ceramics Department. 1987-89.
Solo Exhibitions:
Manchester Craftsman Guild, Pittsburgh, PA, 2006.
North Carolina Pottery Center, Seagrove, NC, 2006.
AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa, 2005.
Clayton Staples Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 2003.
St. Petersburg Clay Company, St. Petersburg, FL, 2003. Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta GA 2002.
Andrews Gallery, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 2000.
Gallery 1021 : Lill Street, Chicago, IL 2000.
Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 1997. Focus Gallery, Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, Asheville, NC 1997. Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO 1996. Expressions Gallery, Blowing Rock, NC 1996.
Cone Center Gallery, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC 1995. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 1995.
Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Boulder, CO 1995.
Selected Recent Exhibitions:
"It's Pouring", Dowstudio, Deer Isle, ME
"National Teapot Show VII" Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC
"Triplets", Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC
"Teapots", Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC
"Women's Voices", Roswell Art Center, Atlanta, GA
" La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay, NCECA Invitational, Pittsburgh, PA
"Table of Elements", Manchester Craftsmans Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
"Yunomi Invitational", AKAR, Iowa City, IA
"PotPOURri:Pots that Pour", Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY "
"Another Cup?", Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
"Atmospheric Pots- Lindsay, Ruggles and Rankin, Branum", Santa Fe Clay, NM
"Cup Invitational", Dowstudio,, Deer Isle, ME
Potters of the Roan", Rocky Mount Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC
"Pitcher Invitational", UNC- Pembroke, NC
"Summer Faculty", Appalachian Center For Craft, Smithvilee, TN
"ACCSE Presenter's Exhibition", Sandra Blain Galleries, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN
"Clay National", Dowstudio, Deer Isle ME
"Different Directions : Coming Together Clay 5", San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX.
"Cups Coming Together", Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY.
"Flower Power: Vessels of Containment", The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
"Cup of Tea", Penland Gallery, Penland, NC.
"From the Earth", UK Art Museum, Lexington, KY.
"La Mesa" Santa FE Clay NCECA Invitational, Louisville, KY.
"Influential Journies", Mellwood Art Center, Louisville, KY.
"Mentor", Gallery Mad About Art, Louisville, KY.
"Impressions Invitational", Angie Newman Johnson Gallery, Alexandria, VA.
"Yunomi Invitational", AKAR, Iowa City IA.
"Pouring Vessels", Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA.
"Style and Function : National Ceramics Invitational", Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC.
"Ceramic Cup Invitational", Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE.
"30/30", Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, IL.
"La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay NCECA Invitational, Portland, OR.
"Engaging the Senses: From Cuppa to Ceremony", White Lotus Gallery, Eugene, O
"Odyssey Instructor Show" Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.
"Potter's Showcase", Dowstudio Gallery, Deer Isle, ME.
"WestChester Art Workshop Ceramic Invitational", WestChester Gallery, White Plains, NY.
"Odyssey Goes West," The Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula, MT.
"Tea Time: The Art of the Teapot", Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI.
" Tactile Appeal", Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.
"Atlanta Teapot Festival", Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
2005 :
"Penland School of Crafts Resident Artists", Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC.
"Southern Highland Craft Guild 75th Anniversary Exhibition", Blain Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN.
"Gas It Up: Salt, Soda and Slip", Potters Guild of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.
"La Mesa", Santa Fe Clay NCECA Exhibit, Baltimore, MD.
"Out of The Cupboard; Into The Light", UNI Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA.
"NC Soda Chicks", Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY.
"The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring", Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM.
"Atmospheric Interpretations- Suze Lindsay, Kevin Crowe, Matt Long", Clayworks, Baltimore, MD.
"Fete '05 Benefit Auction", NCECA, Baltimore, MD.
"Hot Stuff/Clay Tigers: LSU Ceramics: 1970-2005", The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
"Potters of The Southern Mountains", Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO.
"National Teapot Show VI", Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.
"13th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National", Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA.
"The Visceral Vessel", Southwest School of Art & Craft, San Antonio, TX.
"Carolina Designer Craftsmen: Member Works", Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmoor, NC.