Art Gallery on Anna Maria Island Susan Swanson Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach, FL

 
Susan Swanson
Bird in Flight

Susan Swanson
Tree on Blue

Susan Swanson
Bird With Heart

 
 
Susan Swanson
Toucan in Tree

Susan Swanson
Jade Flower

Susan Swanson
Great White Heron

 
 
Susan Swanson
Flounder

Susan Swanson
Fish With Blue Dots

Susan Swanson
Fantasy Fishy

 
Island Gallery West anna maria island art
Artists Profile
Susan Swanson calls her ceramics: "My Imagination at Work. Handbuilt and Colorful." In her Bradenton studio, she creates a range of innovative pieces, from decorative wall plaques and fantasy birds and fish to artful bowls and other unique pieces. "Of all the mediums I have used over the years, clay has always been my favorite. It is perfect for all of my whimsical ideas. I've always been fascinated by the way clay can go from soft and pliable to firm and how it accepts textures and can be molded into a shape, she relates.

Susan taught art for forty years, both in Detroit and at Bayshore High School, where she ended her teaching career in 2010. When she retired, she found that art was still vitally important in her life. "I missed it being a part of my everyday. So I returned to creating. Retirement has allowed me to nurture my own art with the same passion that I used as a teacher," she says.

"My work is all hand built. This means that I do not use a potter's wheel. I use a combination of earthenware and paper clay which I fire in my kiln to 1950 degrees. I then paint each piece with underglaze 2-3 times, and finally coat it with a clear or opalescent glaze, and fire it again to 1780 degrees" she explains. "All of my work is one of a kind. Even if I try to recreate a piece there will be some differences. My work is evolving and changing as I experiment and develop my style."




Susan Swanson
Island Gallery West on Anna Maria Island
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