Suzy graduated with Honours in Ceramics from ECUAD in 1980. She is inspired by the visual and spiritual impact of art from Ancient and contemporary World Cultures. Travels to Europe, SE Asia and Mexico particularly inform her work, as does India.
"The artist references historical women and popular culture in order to build composites of a current ‘self.’ She channels an eclectic mix of past female powerhouses like Frida Kahlo, Queen Nefertiti, Carmen Miranda, Gelede, Catrina Calaveras, Ganesha, South Asian goddesses, Athena and Acropolis Korai, and Alice in Wonderland. The women are ecstatic, gazing at the viewer through layers of past knowledge."
Karen Moe in SADMAG
Suzy creates and teaches to the rhythms of Jazz, Blues, Tango, and Opera greats. She has two studios in Vancouver: her Clay studio in Kitsilano and Painting studio at 1000 Parker St. She has taught clay sculpture to children aged four to nineteen, every Saturday for 29 years at beloved Arts Umbrella.
Her "Motion Pitchers" were commissioned as gifts for 2008 Academy Award nominees.
"Ceramic Slippers" were commissioned for 2014 "Tap Grace Awards" (see Gallery)
Her colourful tableware was a highlight for many restaurants, including Vancouver's iconic
Tomato Cafe and The Bon Ton.
Suzy's art has been exhibited, published, and collected locally and internationally.
2019 Beth Cavener Workshop, Comox BC
2019 Natasha Dikareva workshop, Beatrice Wood Centre, Ojai CA
2018-16 Painting mentorships with Justin Ogilvie & Val Nelson
2016 "Dreaming in Metal and Clay" - Lisa Clague & Debra Fritts - San Miguel de Allende
2016-90 Master Ceramic workshops: Rudi Autio, Viola Frey, Tip Toland
2016-01 Master Painting workshops: Peter Aspel, Lisa Birke, Val Nelson
2015-00 Art/Travel/Study: Mexico, France, Greece, Turkey, Spain, USA visiting museums
galleries, artist studios, sacred sites
2016-02 Vancouver Tap Dance Society: Master tap workshops: Jim Hibbard,
Shelley Hunt, Mary Lou O'Brien, Troy MacLaughlin, Diane Walker, Jimmy Slyde…
1976-80 Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECuAD), Vancouver BC
Graduated with Honours, Ceramics
2020 "Mia Muse" in Oaxaca - art/travel, Feb. 6-13
2017-09 Biannual "Mia Muse" Figurative Ceramics Art.Travel workshop: Producer &
instructor - Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Athens & Crete
2016 "Sculptures that Sing" Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts
2017-05 Artist Lectures/Workshops including Potters' Guilds for Saltspring Island, Fraser
Valley, Willimas Lake, Creston, Tri-City Potters....
2018-90 ARTS UMBRELLA, Vancouver: Ceramics and Painting, ages 6-21
2018-01 "Suzy's Garden Studio" Art Camps/Workshops: Ceramics, papier mache &
painting for children and adults
2017-95 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE for BC Lower mainland including West Point Grey Academy,
Maple Grove Elementary, Point Grey Secondary
Solo Exhibits (Invitational & Juried)
2019 "Ladies-Not-Waiting", Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College, New West
2018-09 "Artisan Tent" celebrating Greek Heritage Month, Vancouver, Sunday June 25th
2017-00 "Celebrate the Everyday Every Day", Suzy's Garden Studio Exhibit/Sale
2012-1997 “Artists in our Midst”: Westside artists' studio tours & exhibit,
The Round House Gallery
2010 “Paintings Portray Sculpture”, Sanctuary @ Unitarian Church of Vancouver
2008 “Motion Pitchers", Jonathon Bancroft Snell, London, Ont
2008 “My DeLovely Fever”, Seymour Art Gallery, Deep Cove, BC
2008 “Tap to the Muse” Film: Seymour Art Gallery: producer, dancer, sculptor
2006 “Tete a Tete”, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
Group Exhibits (Invitational & Juried)
2019 "My D'Lovely Fever" performance/art video @ Venice International Art Fair, Apr 11-May 3, Italy
2019 Pop Up Sculpture exhibit, Granville Island, June-July
2019 "Art Vancouver" with SSBC, VAncouver, BC Apr. 25-28
2019 "Malleable", Italian Cultural Centre, Oct. 18 - Dec. 10 (curated by Angela Clarke)
2019 Parker Art Salon, 1000 Parker St - May 22-24
2019-18 YVR Collection, International Departures, Gate D62
2018 "Makers in Action", Salt Spring Island Ceramics Award (juried provincially)
2018 "Shape and Form", Federation of Canadian Artists (juried provincially)
2018 "Revision" at Creekside, Granville Island
2018 SSBC Collection: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
2017 "West of Main Art Walk" - Roundhouse May.18th, studio tours May 27-28
2018-17 Parker Art Salon - 1000 Parker St - Springtime
2017 "New Forms Matter" Cityscape Gallery, N. Van (Apr. 28-Jun 3)
2017 "The Best of BC", Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver (Mar. 9-Apr. 1)
2017-09 Biannual "Mia Muse", Skopelos Foundation of the Arts, Greece
2018-16 Eastside Culture Crawl, 1000 Parker St, November
2016 "MIxa-Pedia", Contemporary Ceramic Collective, Gallery of BC Ceramics
2018-17 "Gallery Artists", The Nevica Project, Chicago & NCECA, Kansas City
2018-08 "Gallery Artists", Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery, London Ont.
2017-10 "Heart & Soul" Tap Performances, Vancouver venues: PNE, Greek Days...
2017-13 "Sculpture Society of BC", VanDusen Gardens, Gallery @Leigh Square
2018-08 "Project Empty Bowl", Coast Hotel, Vancouver
2015 "Celebration: 60 years Potters' Guild of BC, Gallery of BC Ceramics
2015 "Chutzpah", Zack Gallery: Exhibition during Chutzpah festival, Van
2014 "Nice you have a hobby", Leigh Square Art Centre, Pt. Coquitlam
2014 "Ronda Limpia", Ronda, Spain
2014 "Envisioning Women", Zack Gallery, Vancouver BC
2013 "RAWVancouver" Showcase 2, Gossip - Vancouver
2013 "The Best of Everything", Baron Gallery, Vancouver
2013 "Dish it up", Gallery of BC Ceramics, Vancouver, BC
2013 "Fantastic Feast", Blackberry Gallery, Port Moody, BC
2013 "Emerging Painters", Stewart Stephenson Modern Art, Vancouver
2012 "Chacun, Chacune sa Divas" - Aubagne, France - Artistes Singuliere Festival
2012 "Chacun, Chacune Divas", Roquevaires, France - curated by Danielle Jacquie
2011 "Eclectic Elements" Ceramics, Gallery @ Artisan Square , Bowen Island, BC
2011 “A Matter of Clay 3” Jonathon Bancroft Snell Gallery, London Ont
2011-00 “The Art of Splash”, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver
2007-01 "Empty Bowl", Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby
2006-05 “Potsketch”, The Clay Studio, Missoula, Montana
2006-05 “In the Palm”,Tajimi, Japan and Vancouver, BC
2006 Barry Lyon Collection, Gardiner Museum, Toronto Ont.
Commissions and Collections
2018-83 Private collections, locally and internationally
2017-91 Vancouver Restaurant Collections/Commissions: Tomato Fresh Foods Café,
Notte’s Bon Ton, Lee’s Candies, Lingo’s Cyber Bistro, Neverland Tea Room...
2014 "Tap Grace Awards", Vancouver Tap Society commission for dance excellence
2008 “Motion Pitchers”, only artist and Canadian commissioned to create gifts for Best
Actor and Director nominees for Academy Awards: George Clooney, Johnny Depp,
Kate Blanchett, Julian Schnabel....
2004 “Orcas in the City”, Public Art Project, Private collector, Vancouver, BC
2017 SAD Mag: 1000 Parker: "The Past is Present" by Karen Moe
2016 Cover for Eastside Culture Crawl, Westender newspaper
2016-14 Artist Profile, Jewish Independent, and Common Ground newspapers
2012 "D'Art Singuliere" catalogue, France
2011 "A Matter of Clay 111", catalogue, London Ont.
2010 Ceramic Art and Perception #80: “Return to the Muses of Greece”
2010 BC Parent Magazine “The Power of Art to Inspire”
2009 “500 Vases in Clay” Lark Books
2008 Press for “Motion Pitchers" and My DeLovely Fever” exhibit:
Magazine articles: Elle Canada, BC Business, American Style, Oasis Japan
Newspaper articles: Vancouver Sun, Province, Montreal Gazette,
Jewish Independent, London Free Press
2006 “500 Animals in Clay”, Larks Books 2006
2006 Ceramics Art and Perception #63: “Vixens”
2006,04,02 Vancouver Sun, artist profile affiliated with Artists in our Midst
2006,04,02 Jewish Western Bulletin
2016-15 "It takes a village" - Vancouver Co-op Radio Interviews with Kara Ko & Molly Caron
2014 "Vancouver People Project #21", Vancouver is Awesome by Tallulah Tallulah
2014 "Mia Muse in Creston" - CROC Radio
2013 "Raw Vancouver", Live Interview, youtube
2008 Live interviews for "Motion Pitchers": “North by Northwest”on CBC Radio, SeaFox
Radio, "The National" 4 minute interview on Global TV, "Urban Rush" on Shaw TV
Hong Kong TVB studio interview aired throughout Asia (available on youtube)
2007 HGTV America “That’s Clever” filming ceramics demo in studio
2006 CBC Radio, “North by Northwest” representing Artists in our Midst
2018-95 Auctions for Charitable Auctions: BC Cancer Society, BC Kidney Fdn. CNIS,
Diamond Ball, "Porridge for Parkinsons", Arts Umbrella, Lupus Society, Artists for Kids (Gordon Smith)
2010-99 Co-cordinator and Board member for "Artists in our Midst"
NB: Prior to 2006, Suzy had 8 solo & 30 group exhibits in public and private galleries in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, USA & Japan: many accompanied by catalogues, newspaper & TV reviews. During this time, Suzy attended workshops at The Archie Bray Institute, was mentored by Mexican Papier mache master Miguel Linares, initiated the Ceramics program at the Carnegie Centre and served on the Board for the Canadian Craft and Design Museum.