Susan Garson grew up knowing that she would lead a life in the arts. When she began her master’s work at UCLA, she was drawn to ceramics and decided to use her newly found love of hand building united with her skills as a painter to create functional objects in clay. She works with her husband, Tom Pakele, in their Boulder, Colorado studio.
Susan describes her introduction to producing Judaica. She built and painted a menorah and thought, “Wow! I love this!” She introduced a new aesthetic to the ceremonial objects used in the Jewish religion, incorporating whimsical imagery into her very personal expression and creating seder plates, Tzedakah boxes, Shabbat candle sticks, mezuzahs and all manner of Judaica.