BIOGRAPHY

Susan Card (B.H.Ec., B.F.A) has exhibited in over 100 exhibitions and published over 30 articles in ceramics journals since 1989. Colourful porcelain and sculptural smoke- fired work produced in her Toronto studio is commissioned by private and corporate clients and has been represented in galleries in Toronto, London, Waterloo, Montreal, and Winnipeg. Her work was featured in the movie "The End of Summer" starring Jacqueline Bissett, (MEC Summer Productions Ltd. Partnership, 1995). She was commissioned to produce adaptations of Edo period Japanese tea bowls for the Reproductions Shop of the Royal Ontario Museum. Her work was featured in two episodes of the Canadian  television production MUSEUM SECRETS, which aired on the History Chanel in 2011.

Susan taught Professional Practise to Crafts and Design students at Sheridan College in Oakville for several years and Advanced Pottery for adults at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre in Toronto. She currently teaches pottery for adults at DISH GALLERY + STUDIO. Presently an enthusiastic volunteer Board member for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Collections Committee of Art Gallery of Burlington, Susan is also an Advisor for inspirations Studio, a Division of Sistering, and a past President of Toronto Potters and former Board Chair of FUSION: The Ontario Clay & Glass Association. She currently organizes monthly speakers programmes for two pottery guilds.

 

Artist's Statement


I enjoy ceramics as a vehicle for timeless communication between people and cultures. It provides a context for reflecting on human activity. Forms serve as canvases to explore my artistic concerns of colour, visual space, illusion and perception. Colour is the constant element in my work and reflects what delights my eye. Forms stand on the fence between sculpture and function. That precarious location feels an appropriate response to the risky nature of living and the struggle to maintain balance. Looking like siblings, pieces in a series either assert themselves in a familiar way for everyday use, or as bizarre amusing creatures that question, entertain and challenge. Surfaces created celebrate the natural environment through abstract floral decoration and texture. The choice of floral decoration in my work relates to the tradition of floral symbolism that has cut across folklore, religion and ceramic form. Floral decoration has signified everything from feminine beauty to fertility.Through symbolic significance, colorful floral decoration becomes a vehicle to our inner thoughts and feelings.

 

                                                                                              Susan Card

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