Susan T. Phillips
My home for the past 46 years has been a 200+ year old stone house in the village of Amity, PA in Washington County. The barn, of a similar vintage as the house, has been the site of my studio, where I have made thrown and handbuilt glazed stoneware pottery and clay sculpture. In recent years, my work has gone in a new direction. My current work is informed by the Japanese aesthetic wabi sabi, which is complex but can be partially defined as rustic, unrefined beauty. I’m attracted to this way of working because it seems to celebrate the nature of raw clay and emphasize the tactile qualities of the material used, which in this case is a red stoneware clay with heavy grog that I have used for years to build sculpture and am now finding very satisfying as a medium for these vessel forms and wall pieces.
Susan T.’s Biography
Susan Phillips received her B.S. in art education from Indiana University of PA, where she studied under Frank Ross. Her graduate degree, a Master of Fine Arts in ceramic art, was earned at The Ohio State University. Susan, now retired, had a 40 year career as an art educator, including 38 years as a professor of art at Waynesburg University, where she taught ceramics, sculpture, and art history. She also served as chair of the Department of Fine Arts and was director of the Benedum Art Gallery. At Waynesburg University, Susan was selected to receive the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence and has been honored with Professor Emerita designation. Susan is a long-term member of the National Association for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). She is also a member of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. She maintains a home studio in Amity, PA and exhibits her work regionally. Her most recent solo exhibition was at the Wheeling Artisan Center in Wheeling, WV in November of 2017.