Spotlight on Silent Auction Artist Susan Kern

Susan Kern at the wheel
Susan Kern at the wheel

“Though I worked with clay in my twenties, I returned to serious study several decades
later with Marie Summers, at Cane Creek Pottery in Orange County. My approach to clay has
evolved through study with many noted ceramic artists at Arrowmont School of the Arts in
Tennessee, and through NC Potters Conferences and workshops. I set up my own studio in
1998, developing oxidation glazes that suited my work. A member of the Carolina Clay Guild,
the Potters Council and a founding member of Alamance Artisans, I have exhibited at the Duke
Eye Center, The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro , Alamance County Arts Council,
Point of View Gallery, Bricolage Arts Festival, The North Carolina Pottery Center and other
locations in NC and other states. My work is available for sale at SOLGARDEN in Mebane, NC,
at the Captain White House in Graham, NC, directly from my studio and can be found in private
collections throughout the US and in the UK.



“I throw functional pottery which, I hope, will hold the eye, be pleasing to the touch, and invite
daily use in someone s home or work space. Working in stoneware primarily on the potter’s
wheel, I find myself more and more interested in surface texture. Carving, slip trailing, stamping
and faceting create nice opportunities for glazes to pool and break in interesting ways. I do
some construction of forms that are thrown in parts and assembled, and enjoy creating large
forms for function or for sculpture. At the end of the day the process of making pots is as
meaningful to me as the product.”



Susan has generously donated an original stoneware jar to The ArtsCenter’s Silent Auction, on display throughout the month of June in the Nicholson Gallery.  To place a bid for this whimsical artwork, visit our box office  or call us at (919) 929-2787.  Bids starting at $25 will be accepted until 5PM on June 28th.

Susan Kern - Stars and Moon Jar
Susan Kern – Stars and Moon Jar

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