A Newport working Studio Gallery

55 Bellevue Avenue, Newport RI 02840

Susan Shaw

Susan Shaw is a studio artist working in several media: oil, watercolor, and porcelain.  She is an exhibiting artist member of the Providence Art Club and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. She is an elected artist member of the Art League of Rhode Island and the Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT. She holds membership in the Newport Art Museum and the South County Art Association. Her paintings reflect an interest in her natural surroundings. Her porcelain creations draw from her affection for color and the desire to incorporate a sensory experience in clay that extends beyond functional use. Visit her website at susanshawpottery.com.

Artist Statement

Making art personal, prompting the evocation of ideas and vision that are unique to the viewer, is the challenge I pose for myself in my art.  Creating imagery that resonates emotionally is the direction I choose when I paint or work in porcelain. The feeling of space and form, its visual invitation to see, becomes all important.

In painting I often work outside and search for ways I can interpret the landscape using color, design of space, and shapes.  Quality of surface is essential, as is the way edges transition and the way shapes meet. In a painting or sculpture, the latter allow one’s eye to move easily from one area to the next.  I look for strong shapes and often seek closer values, permitting the viewer to more readily see color and to move throughout the entire image.

I create both sculptural and functional porcelain.  It is most appealing to me for its luminosity, depth, and color response. It reflects every touch of the hand, and it is subtle and seductive in its fluidity.  Infusing my work with the action of making, to reveal the nature of the material, while keeping movement and color fresh, is a continuing challenge.

Painting and ceramics inform each other in unexpected and gratifying ways.  Together they satisfy my desire for tactile experience and invite my visual pleasure. My task is finding ways to interpret what I see, what I feel, and what I choose to convey to the viewer – always an ongoing process.

  • Algon Teapot, Porcelain, Wheel Thrown
  • Green Spiral Vase
  • Oil on canvas, 11
  • Alice Kent Stoddard's Studio
  • Winged Vessel