Thursday, May 14, 2015

Susan Bell

Ceramic Sculptures Bringing Animals to Life.
Personality in Each Face & Play in Each Pose.

Artist: Susan Bell
Expertise: Ceramics
Additional Talents: Sculpture
Materials: Clay, Glaze, Kiln, Shaping Tools
Style: Part-Realistic, Part Personified Story Filled Sculptures
Inspiration: All of the Possibilities in a Fresh Bag of Clay
Subject Matter: Animals with Personality & Flair
Common Creations: Bears, Cats, Frogs, Dogs, Fish, Elephants
Home Base: Austin
Spotted At: EAST Austin Studio Tour 2014

When you see an animal, how often do you imagine what it's thinking? Do you believe it has a personality like you and I do? For Ceramic artist Susan Bell, that is a core part of how her sculptures come to life. Every time she opens a new bag of clay, she can hardly hold in the excitement at what it could become. She finds inspiration in many aspects of her life, but the most common subjects she shapes are lively, playful creatures, no doubt the products of a very colorful imagination. Her animals have very deep expressions as if they were human. Some are even personified or feature a mix of different beasts. Her ceramic sculpting style is mostly realistic with wonderful levels of detail and texture. It’s not hard to envision real fur on her bears, scales on her fish and feathers on her birds. Then the colors she uses to glaze each piece give added flair with vibrance and shine. If you take a minute to look each one in the eye, you can almost feel them looking back at you. From their emotion filled faces and well plotted poses you can start to piece together a story. Susan’s work invites your own interpretation. It’s no wonder she senses a wealth of possibilities in fresh clay. Her hands are very talented and her imagination bountiful!

Photography by Annie Winsett