Although my work is inspired by the “land”; it is the problem solving aspect of working in clay that motivates me. A narrative is not the starting point. Each series leads to a set of questions and solutions and new problems to tackle, which leads to a seemingly disparate body of work. However my interests in the ceremonial work of Pre-Columbian Moche cultures, a passion for drawing and a family of raconteurs, provide clues along the way. These pieces are made from earthenware. The clay is thrown, constructed, modeled; layered with slips, stains, glazes; and fired multiple times. Throughout this process of layering materials, content and techniques; I strive to balance the formal and the personal, conscious that every decision, every mark must further the plot / solve the problem.
Susan Bostwick - Edwardsville, Illinois 2021