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Susy’s journey with pottery began in the early 1980’s when she first took private lessons and audited classes at Indiana University. She acquired the essential equipment for her ceramic studio: a wheel, kiln, pug mill, slab roller and more tools of her trade. In the early 1990’s, she and her husband attended traditional craft shows on the east coast and together they sold his handmade early American furniture and her pottery. Susy’s interest in historic ceramic forms and collections of historic redware, such as those of the Pennsylvania Dutch potters in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, provided a natural evolution into her next chapter of pottery making. In 1998, she was approached by a collector of Brown County fine art to create a line of Brown County (redware) Pottery for a new shop in Nashville. Inspired by the collection plus her desire to revive the style, Susy developed a body of work using, red clay, cream colored slip, and a sgraffito decoration (cutting away of the surface layer to expose a different colored ground). The pieces are then hand painted with decorative motifs common to the Brown County area, such as flowers, acorns, persimmons, pinecones, birds, deer, and more. Redware pottery originated with the Griffith family, Wisconsin artists who moved to Brown County in the 1930’s to become a part of Nashville’s thriving art colony.

Susy O'Donnell Small Oval Plate

SKU: 1055
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