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DEWSNAP, SUSAN
DEWSNAP, SUSAN
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My recent work has been an investigation into the dynamics of how the drawing on the surface and the shape of a piece can be intimately connected. I aspire to create a deep, rich and visually complicated space by reducing my color choices to nearly black and white. There is a graphic quality that draws one in, yet when viewed up close there are subtleties of color and line that cannot be seen from a distance. The high contrast creates an ambiguous space, shapes flip and what is closest recedes, the form emerges and dissolves beneath the surface. I look to painting as much as to ceramic history, as my work draws from art history as an eternal source and presence. I consider each pot as presenting a particular issue or problem to be solved where interior meets exterior. By embracing and reaching outside of decorative practices, as well as working toward a more reductive three-dimensional form, I am trying to merge structure and surface to evoke a response beyond the familiar.

2012 – Present BATES COLLEGE, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture, Lewiston, ME

EDUCATION
2008 Master of Fine Arts, Utah State University, Logan UT
2006 Master of Arts, University of Louisville, Louisville KY
2000 Bachelor of Arts, Transylvania University, Lexington KY

SELECTED EXPERIENCE
2009-Present Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Western Kentucky University,
Bowling Green KY
2012-Present Co-Founder/Co-Organizer, Objective Clay, A limited liability
company and online collaboration, www.objectiveclay.com

2015
Workshop Instructor, Wheel Throwing for Wood Firing,
Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville TN
Demonstrate wheel throwing in preparation for the upcoming
wood fire
Workshop Instructor, The Dark Side of Wood Firing,
Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville TN
Demonstrate, lecture, and fire wood kiln with residual salt

2014
Invited Artist, American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center,
Minneapolis MN
Demonstrate, exhibit, and panel discussion
Presenter, 2nd Annual European Wood Fire Ceramics Conference,
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør
Denmark
Workshop Instructor, Wood Fire Start to Finish, two week
workshop, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
Demonstrate, lecture, fire manabigama twice
Visiting Artist, University of Central Florida, Orlando FL
Demonstrate and lecture
Visiting Artist, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers FL
Demonstrate, lecture, and fire wood kiln
Visiting Artist, Utah State University, Logan UT
Lectured and participated on panel

2013
Visiting Artist, Morehead University, Morehead KY
Demonstrate, lecture, and fire a train kiln
Workshop Demonstrator, Clay Studio of Missoula Wood Fire
Invitational, Missoula MT
Visiting Artist, Northland Pioneer College, Show Low AZ
2

2012
Presenter, Utilitarian Clay Symposium, Arrowmont School of
Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
Demonstrate, exhibit, and participate in a panel discussion
Workshop Instructor, Corning Community College, Corning NY
Demonstrate, lecture, and fire an anagama
Coordinator, Celebrating 20: Building and Maintaining a
Community, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
Co-coordinated the schedule of events for the ceramics studio
Visiting Artist, The Art League, Washington DC
Demonstrate and lecture
Selected SOLO & INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2015
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA 2015, Providence RI
Crafting the Cocktail, The Craft in America Center,
Los Angeles CA
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis
MN
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA
2014 Invitational Cup Show, KOBO Gallery, Seattle WA
Crafted: Ceramic Cups, Mugs, and Tumblers, Society for
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA
Breakfast, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA
Whiskey Pairing, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia PA
Cup: The Intimate Object X, Charlie Cummings Gallery,
Gainesville FL
American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis
MN
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA
Functional Ceramics, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster OH
Cheers!, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Hide-N-Seekah, Instagram Gallery, Milwaukee WI
Traditions in Transition, J. Fergerson Gallery, Farmville VA
2013 Natural Disasters, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC
Wood Fire Invitational, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St.
Petersburg FL
Contemporary Traditionalists, Red Lodge Clay Center,
Red Lodge MT
CRAFTED, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA
Traditions in Transition, J. Fergeson Gallery, Farmville VA
Wood Fire Invitational, St. Petersburg Clay Company, St.
Petersburg FL
Invitational Wood Fire Exhibition- ‘Where the Sauce is At”, the
Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT
3
Natural Disasters, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC
Intersections, two person exhibition, Ellis Walker Gallery,
Bowling Green KY
Hide-N-Seekah, Instagram Gallery, Houston TX
Atmospheric Perspective, Saratoga Cay Arts Center, Saratoga NY
Emerging Artists, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston TX
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA
The Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Center for Southern
Craft and Design, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
LA

2012
At 20: A Creative Continuum, Sandra J. Blain Gallery,
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN
Kentucky Clay, Clay Place Gallery, Carnegie PA
Featured Artist, solo exhibition, Crimson Laurel Gallery,
Bakersville NC
Mint Julep Exhibition, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mt.
St. Francis IN
Regional Wood Fired Exhibition, Leeds Gallery Earlham College,
Richmond IN
The Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Center for Southern
Craft and Design, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
LA
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA

2011
Exaggerated Line, solo exhibition, University of New Mexico,
Gallup Campus
NCECA Virtual Cup, SOFA-Chicago IL, NCECA-Tampa FL
Winterfest 2011, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore MD
Interpreting the Cup: Process, Influence and Intent, Crimson
Laurel Gallery, Bakersville NC
The Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort, Center for Southern
Craft and Design, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
LA
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City IA


SELECTED JURIED & GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Workshop Instructor Exhibition, Gallery One, Appalachian
Center for Craft, Smithville TN

2014
State of Clay, ArtsPlace Gallery, Lexington KY
Presenters Exhibition, Guldagergaard International Ceramic
Research Center, Skælskør Denmark
Kind Buds, Objective Clay, www.objectiveclay.com
Ceramic World Cup Tournament 2014, Hyart Gallery, Madison
WI
Ten Years of Fire, Corning Community College, Corning NY
Surface Forum, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg
TN

2013
Functional/Dysfunctional, award of distinction, Morean Art
Center, St. Petersburg FL
Salt, Whiskey, Cheese, Objective Clay, Helena MT

2012
International Cup, Clay Studio of Missoula, Missoula MT
Pour, purchase award, Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery,
LaGrange IL
5th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Amelia Center
Gallery, Panama City FL
Recent Acquisitions, Kennedy Museum of Art, Athens OH

2011
7th International Biannual of Ceramics: Inside Out, Cultural
Center of Kapfenberg, Kapfenberg Austria
Inside Out, Herzer Palace of the City Museum, Varazdin Croatia
NCECA 2011 Biennial, Tampa Art Museum, Tampa FL, purchase
award
To Go, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino CA
FIRED, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati OH
2011 All Kentucky Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Capital Arts
Galleries, Bowling Green KY, third place
Dining In IV: An Artful Experience, 18 Hands Gallery, Houston
TX

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
2015
The Expanding Community of Wood-Fired Ceramics, The Studio
Potter, by Lindsay Oesterritter, vol 43 number 1, winter-spring
2014-2015

2013
Wood-Fired Ceramics 100 Contemporary Artists, by Amedeo
Salamoni, 160-161p
Kiln Site Kindles New Community, Arts & Letters, by Brent
Oglesbee, Fall issue, 8-11p
Gallery’s Perspective, by Lindsay Oesterritter, Content Blog,
Objective Clay
Utilitarian Clay, Ceramics Technical, by Shawn O’Connor,
number 36, 14-19p
Spotlight, Objective Clay, Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August
volume 61, number 6, 80p
2012 Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly, May volume 60, number 5,
39p, 68p