After taking her first ceramics class, Susan felt a calling to the material, and over the years has devoted more space in her life for it. By utilizing a variety of wheel thrown and hand building techniques, she enjoys altering red earthenware forms to create shapes that convey movement and softness. Thin white slip serves as the background for branches and flowers that wrap around her pieces. At each step of the making process, Susan strives to make work that reflects a collaboration with the materials—allowing evidence of the process such as a brush mark, fingerprint, or drip to become an active part of the piece. In addition to working as a studio potter, she teaches at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where she took her first ceramics class so many years ago.
"I believe that pottery made by hand with thoughtfulness and care can elevate simple day-to-day moments we might otherwise take for granted, like sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or serving a meal to beloved friends. I hope it will serve as an invitation to slow down, to drop into the present moment more fully." - Susan McHenry, Kalamazoo MI