Suzanne Kleese-Stamps - Planters & Vases and Cups
Suzanne Kleese-Stamps
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Suzanne Kleese-Stamps

Sharpsburg, GA

I studied Art Studio and Art History and received my BA in Fine Arts from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. During my schooling I turned my attention from painting and drawing to find a passion for 3-dimensional art and expression. I took my first ceramics study under potter and professor Stephen DeSole and was hooked. I learned all aspects of the art from hand-building to sculpting, but found my groove in throwing pottery on the wheel. After college, I continued studying the studio operations and more advanced throwing skills from the program offered by the Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. In 2016, I established my studio in Sharpsburg, GA to create functional production pottery and custom designs.
I am currently on the Board of Directors for the Newnan-Coweta Art Association and Southern Hands Artist Studio Tour. Also, I am a member of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association, The Southern Appalachian Art Guild and Arts Clayton. Promoting local and regional art and artists is a keen interest of mine, as I believe the creative arts are a direct reflection of the community from which it flourishes. When art becomes an integral part of a community or region, that is where a healthy culture and standard of living takes root.
My interest in the art pottery of the Arts & Craft Movement in the early 20th century influences my work today. The work of the Rookwood pottery designer Ketaro Shirayamadani caught my attention early in my artistic career. As a collector of art pottery, living with the pieces from this era, has led me to explore more modern interpretations of the design and glazing techniques to make them relevant to our functional objects today. I specialize in creating functional, beautiful hand-thrown pottery including dinnerware, travel mugs, and sculptural pots. All my pieces are hand-crafted, one at a time, using traditional methods.
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