About the Artist
Suzanne Stumpf has received national recognition for both her sculptural and functional ceramic creations, including being named a Niche Award Finalist three times. Her work has been included in numerous national and international juried art and ceramics shows from across the US to Bucharest, Hungary, including six times at the National Prize Art Show in Cambridge, MA, three times at the Potters Council International Show (at NCECA), and at an invitational exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum (2015).
Her interactive sculpture and other work have been included in the books 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works (Lark Books, 2009); 500 Raku: Bold Explorations of a Dynamic Ceramics Technique (Lark Books, 2011); and Humor in Craft (Schiffer Publishing, 2012). Her sculptures have been showcased in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 Sculpture Calendars, published by the Potters Council. Her work is also included in the 2014 iBook, American iPottery.
She was a featured artist in 2013 in the European magazine Ceramics Now. In the May 2005 issue of Ceramics Monthly magazine, she was named one of nine Emerging Artists. In 2008, she was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council (MA). Prizes include First Prize in sculpture/3D at the South Shore Art Center's 62nd Arts Festival, Second Place in the 12th Strictly Functional Pottery National (Susan Peterson, juror), Award of Merit for the White/Black/Monochrome national juried show at the South Shore Art Center, and Honorable Mention awards in the Cambridge Art Association's 2016 all-New England exhibition Blue, Vessels 2007, and the Arts Worcester Biennial 2005.
Other shows of note include Contemporary Clay 2014 (Grand Junction, CO); 2013 Wichita National All-Media Craft Exhibition; CraftForms 2012 (Wayne, PA); three times at the San Angelo National Ceramic Competition (San Angelo Museum of Art, TX); twice at the Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition (St. Paul, MN); and numerous times at the Ceramics Biennial (New Hampshire Institute of Art), juried art exhibits at the Danforth Museum (Framingham, MA); and The State of Clay (Lexington, MA).
Suzanne invites you to visit her Barn Showroom to play with her interactive sculpture and to anticipate lively culinary experiences with her more functional pieces!
Also a professional musician, Suzanne is on the faculty of Wellesley College where she teaches flute and chamber music. She is co-Artistic Director and flutist for the period instrument chamber ensemble Musicians of the Old Post Road, a winner of the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society. She has recorded for Meridian, Centaur, Telarc, and Titanic.
Art should move the viewer away from a type of isolation that has been brought on by the abundance of “personal” technology that has come about during our time. In the evolution of my work, the questions that have guided me (at times, subconsciously) have been “what inspires connectedness?” and “what can most powerfully engage our attention?” Thus much of my work is meditative for the audience, either in the questions it poses or the interaction/exploration it invites.
Increasingly my work has focused on making multi-component, interactive sculptures. Most of these works have innumerable permutations for viewing. Perhaps partially influenced from my background as a professional musician, these flexible sculptures allow for creating variations in the artwork such as might be experienced in the live performance of a musical composition from concert to concert.