Rose Tripoli MuellerI pray for guidance in my work. This guidance, at its best, helps me express the wordlessness of human experience,...
Contemporary Clay Vessels
It is said that the work one makes comes out of the way one lives life. I look toward simplicity, color and playfulness—combined with a traditional approach to working with clay—as a way of expression. My work primarily begins from wheel-thrown forms. I enjoy the energy this gives to clay and through a wide variety of altering techniques and the combining of forms, the work I create are pieces which have three dimensional interest, gesture and animation. These present a situation for interpretation by the viewer. As a ceramic artist, I find it is also important to keep originality and creativity in my work. Exploring new ideas and one-of-a kind pieces allows for this. Just as the gradual swirl up the side of a mug causes a natural resting place for your hand, the intriguing combination of altered forms will cause you to pause and smile.
Originally from New Mexico, art has always been a part of Sue’s life. Early interests focused on painting in oils and acrylics – then moved into working with clay. After moving to South Carolina in 1984, clay became the main focus when Sue set up a studio near Columbia and worked as a production potter. She attained an MFA from Clemson University in 2004 and then had the opportunity to teach ceramics part-time at Clemson the next 6 years. Currently, Sue lives near Asheville, North Carolina – a beautiful place for visual stimulation and creativity! Not quite a production potter any longer, she is active in the studio full time – creating one-of-a-kind pieces, teapots and limited series. Teaching has shifted to workshop formats when opportunity arises.