susie rubenstein

susie rubenstein
I have always been attracted to hand made objects for daily use: bowls, wooden utensils, textiles that enliven and define our routines. They are reflections and often celebrations of how we live, what we need to make ourselves comfortable. The pots I make are part of that tradition: they are functional, wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware, high fired in a reduction atmosphere. Surfaces of these pots are inspired by growing plants, agricultural fields, and textiles wrapping around three dimensions, gracefully integrating surface, form and function.
Typically, I throw multiples of a form, frequently altering or cutting apart and reassembling them. Each part of the process yields groups of forms that create their own studio landscape. Every kiln load of pots is like a journal entry, recording a block of time through objects. It is not unlike gardening. We track seasons with physical evidence. The challenge, objective and adventure are to make spirited and beautiful pieces for daily use.