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About me

Suzanne Getz is best known for her nature inspired unique figurative and abstract sculptures made from clay, glazes, paint, and found objects.  Suzanne grew up in the states and internationally, traveling extensively with her family, exposed to both art and nature which inspired her throughout her art career. 

 

From her first creative experiences of putting waxy color to paper and learning oil painting from her artist mother, to majoring in art in various universities (including The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, DC and the University of California at San Diego) studying drawing, painting, printmaking, design and sculpture, she discovered the textural experience of working with clay as her most profound medium. Her studies at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design focused on blending the genres of the new modern funk art of the 1960’s and 1970’s, traditional Japanese pottery and innovative glazing techniques.  Inspired by her instructors Hara, William Lombardo, and Robert Graham, Suzanne was chosen as lab assistant for several years where she mixed clay and glazes, built and fired ceramic kilns providing her with a strong foundation of ceramic and glazing skills.  Through her education, Suzanne expanded her creative artistic experiences to include performance art where nature based art bridged the boundary between performance art and fine art in shows around Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Suzanne’s field of work today has not only been inspired and driven by her experiences of her youth, her sense of place, connection to nature, and education but also by her exposure to other artists.  Major influences throughout her career include Georgia O’Keeffe for the light, joy and sensual power of her work. Judy Chicago for her courage to rebel against the male-dominated art scene in the 60’s and redress women’s traditional role in the visual arts, Jenny Orchard for her individualized and organic figures, bright and full of imagination, and California funk artist Robert Arnesan for his humorous and colorful ceramic heads and Peter Volkos for being a strong abstract expressionist in clay.

 

Suzanne has served as President of the Willamette Ceramic Guild for 2 years and is presently serving on the Exhibition Committee at the Art’s Center in Corvallis, Oregon.  Suzanne has been in art shows at The Art’s Center, Linn Benton Community College, Oregon State University, Footwise Window Gallery and the Guistino Gallery and was invited to show in the Philomath Open Studio show in Oregon in 2018.

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