Susan Coe

Artist Statement

After many years working as an engineer in Los Angeles, I’d finally had enough of big cities and moved to western North Carolina. I’ve always been creative but in North Carolina, I discovered clay. Ever since, I’ve spent much of my time at the wheel, learning, improving and creating. Using clay, minerals, wood ash, water and fire, I make pieces to grace your table and feed your soul as well as your family

As a potter, I like to make functional work that is also attractive. I tell people that I don’t like to dust so I don’t make anything that has to be dusted. My pottery is intended for everyday use and can be put in the oven, dishwasher and microwave. At the same time, it is work of art, incorporating color and inspired by nature.

I have three main glaze lines. On the Ash Blue ware, real fireplace ash sifted over blue glaze results in great colors and runs. No two pieces are quite alike. An earthtone line combines sprayed and dipped glazes to produce colorful yellows, greens, and blues. Sgraffito is a technique where a design is carved into a layer of color on the piece. My sgraffito work has a deep saturated background with designs inspired by nature and Japanese art.