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Susan Reece

Barnyard Crafts

My name is Susan and I’m a clay medium artist.  My love of ceramic art began as a small child.  I loved putting my hands on the clay and molding something new and magical.  I also loved pouring slip into a mold and watching the form of something being created.  I’ve had a passion for art my whole life.  Now I get to create items in my own studio and share them with you!

Slip casting is the first type of ceramics that I learned.  I have worked with molds for over 40 years.  I decided to try wheel throwing 8 years ago.  I took a class and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I like to mix it up a little bit, so I work on the wheel for a while and then I do some hand building. 

I've studied ceramics in numerous studios in Indiana.  I've attended workshops at the Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I have also attended pottery classes at The Indianapolis Art Center (IAC) in Broad Ripple since August 2014.  I am a studio monitor at IAC and sometimes teacher’s assistant with kids’ workshops.   I’ve also volunteered numerous hours at Arrowmont. 

I’ve been influenced by several potters over the years.  Robert Alewine of Alewine Pottery is probably the most influential of them all.  He has several functional pieces that are beautifully decorated and glazed. 

I have also worked with wood crafts and painting on canvas.  I've had the pleasure of taking classes and teaching classes in both tole painting on wood and painting on canvas.

I enjoy making miniatures for dollhouses, shadow boxes, fairy gardens, miniature accessories, and decorations.  I like challenging myself to see how small and realistic I can make something. 

Over the years I have participated in craft fairs.  Pieces of my pottery have been and still are on display at the IAC.  I've had success selling a few pieces through IAC.  My artwork has been sold in numerous shops across Indiana and two in Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Currently, I’m a participating artist and Co-Manager of the Gallery on the Square in Danville, Indiana.  I also have booth space in three other shops in Indiana.

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