Limitless explorations into clay, paper, paint and print.
Susan Shaffer, ClayOriginals
As a daughter of a painter and a physicist I formed an early acceptance that the world reaches far beyond our immediate senses, and that the ability to trust our creative instincts can open new avenues of exploration that employ both sides of the brain. In my teens I was drawn to clay by its versatile nature, expanded my mixed media horizons as an art major at Alfred University College of Ceramics, and even today am happiest when I have my hands in some kind of tactile material, be it clay, paper, or encaustic medium. Regardless, I am always in search of a way to tug at the subliminal mind, and introduce layers of imagery and interest to various surfaces, even if it means pushing traditional boundaries. The possibilities are virtually boundless.
I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1955, the daughter of a painter and a physicist. At the age of 15 my family moved to Pearl River, New York, where I encountered pottery as part of my high school curriculum. After three years of classes, participating in local shows and teaching children’s programs in clay, I pursued my creative explorations at Alfred College of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York. There I met future husband, Tom, and we moved to Southwest Florida, landing on Captiva, migrating to Useppa Island and then to Boca Grande in 1978, maintaining private studios in all locations.
In 1979 I helped establish Gasparilla Island Studios on Park Avenue in Boca Grande, and then went on to work out of my personal studio. I was a co-founder of the Boca Grande Art Alliance in 1987, served on the Board of Directors for many years, and still remain an active Exhibiting Member.
Over the time I have been represented in both local and out-of-state galleries and shops, am a member of numerous southwest Florida and national art organizations, a select artist in the highly regarded “Five Women, Art on Banyan” exhibit in Boca Grande, and have received multiple regional awards and recognition for my mixed media pottery and framed wall pieces.