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Goldstein, Susan — Clay Art Designs

Lexington, KY


low-fire clay pottery, sculptural

Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York state, Susan Goldstein formed a love of the outdoors and crafts. After receiving her masters degree at Tufts University in Educational Counseling, she took a ceramics class on a whim and has been working with clay ever since. She has further developed her skills through summer classes at Arrowmont School of Art and Parson’s School of Design. She has received many awards, including an Al Smith Fellowship, and has had her work shown in both national and international exhibitions.


Susan’s work is shaped by placing a slab of clay (a flat, rolled out piece) over a tall cylinder and allowing the clay to drape itself naturally. She allows the clay to dry with the resulting folds. She also creates trompe l’oeil works—works that “fool the eye.” These clay pieces, with their soft and natural folds, look like pieces of clothing.


Susan finishes much of her work in high fire kilns, but also creates lower fire Raku.


Susan’s work can also be found at the Ky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, and at her studio in Lexington, KY.