​Susan Amann
www.countrysquirepottery.com
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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.

 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, prompted me to open my studio to others.    Holding adult classes and Raku / barrel firing workshops at my studio, offers the opportunity to inspire and be inspired!!

Juried Gallery Shows:
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2015
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2015
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2014 – Juror’s Award
“A Fire Within” Exhibit, 14 East Main Street Gallery, Somerville, NJ 2014
“Earth in Human Hands” Exhibit, 12 East Main Street Gallery, Somerville, NJ 2014
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2013
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2013
Art Jam, Princeton, NJ 2012
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ  2012
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ 2012
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2012
Arts on Division, Somerville, NJ 2011
Art Gallery, RVCC, Branchburg, NJ 2007 - Runner Up Best In Show
Art Gallery, RVCC, Branchburg, NJ 2006

Workshops:
LBI Foundation for the Arts, Soda Fired Ceramics
Bruce Dehnert, Salt/Soda Fired Ceramics
John Reinking, Soda/Wood Fired Ceramics
Jeff Shapiro, Wood Fired Ceramics
Debbie Vine, Precious Metal Clay
David Davis, Building Volumetric Forms

Juried Art Shows:
 Montclair Jazz Festival, Montclair, NJ
 NJ Pottery Festival, Flemington, NJ
Somerville Jazz Festival, Somerville, NJ
Sugarloaf Craft Festival, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ
Artrider, Annual Spring CraftMorristown & Holiday CraftMorristown, Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ
RoseSquared, Fall Fine Arts and Crafts, Westfield Armory, Westfield, NJ
New Jersey Art Educators Conference, “Creative Celebration,” Somerset, NJ

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

Artist Statement: 

My work is a mixture of hand-built and wheel thrown pieces that 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.  I enjoy coupling these works with natural found objects and materials to compliment the character of the piece.  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.​

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Handcrafted Quality

Susan Amann