Susan Handwerker
Medium: Sculpture and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
232 3rd Street
Studio # Ground Floor Gallery @The Old American C


Artist Bio:
Susan Handwerker is a Brooklyn Artist, born and bred. Her art background and education has been divers. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver, Canada and a MA from Empire State College in Art and Cultural Studies. She has never been a purist about artistic disciplines or materials, and possesses an expanded "vocabulary" of formal and technical skills to help express her eclectic ideas. In working with clay, she has experimented with mixing various materials (fiberglass, paper, straw) into it while using it as a support for various surface treatments. She spent several years in Canada, which influenced both imagery and accent.
When she returned to New York, while maintaining a private studio practice she taught art within the New York City Department of Education. She currently leads professional development workshops for art teachers. She has also ventured into curatorial work in recent years, but making art is the driver for all other activities.
Here is a brief summary of recent exhibitions and accomplishments:


Brooklyn Clay Tour 2018
Art In Clay@Bwac
September 7-9, 2018

Material Matters: Innovations in Clay, Glass, Wood and Metal
National Juried exhibition
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Fall, 2017

Volunteer Show, Fall 2017
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
Brooklyn, New York

"Wide Open" National juried exhibition; in conjunction with The Very Affordable Art Show
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coaltion, Spring 2018, 2017

Salon Show
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center: February 2018, 2017

Curators Corner
Group Ceramics Shows
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
September 25-October 16, 2016; Fall 2015; Fall 2014; Fall 2013
Brooklyn, New York

Over The Edge: Paperworks Unbound
Juried Exhibition
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
October/November 2014
Brooklyn, New York

Mills Pond House Gallery
Juried Fine Art Exhibition
August 23-September 26,2014
St James, New York

All Fired Up
National Juried Exhibit of Glass and Ceramic Artists
February 7- March 2, 2014
Gallery 66,
Cold Spring, New York

Art In Clay : A Juried Regional Exhibition of Ceramic Sculpture
September 21-October 20 2013
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
499 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, New York

Salon Show
April 2012- August 2013
Livingston Gallery
177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, New York

40th Gangjin Celadon Festival
Exhibition of Invited International Potter's Works
July 28,2012-August 5, 2012
Gangjin, South Korea

Permanent Collections

Williamsburg Art and Historical Center
135 Broadway, Brooklyn New York

Gangjin National Celadon Museum
Gangjin, South Korea

Catalogues and Publications

Art In Clay;
Exhibition Catalogue, 2013

The 40th Gangjin Celadon Festival
Exhibition of Invited International Potter's Works
Catalogue, 2012

Paperclay: Art and Practice by Rosette Gault, 2013

Curatorial Activities

Material Matters: Innovations in Clay, Glass, Wood and Metal, 2017
Art in Clay IV: Up Against The Wall, Fall 2016
Art in Clay III: Origins, Fall 2015
Art In Clay II: Figuratively Speaking, Fall 2014
Art in Clay, Fall, 2013
Juried national exhibitions of ceramic sculpture
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Professional Afililations

Brooklyn Arts Council
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
International Sculpture Society
National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts
Potters Council
Williamsburg Art and Historical Center

Artist Statement:
I have, in recent years primarily worked with porcelain paperclay. This has allowed me to push some of the boundaries of traditional ceramics. I have been working mostly figuratively, and have been creating narrative tableaux largely based on western European historical conventions, with a twist. I've also been using historical images on my surfaces to create multilayered meaning. In plain language, I have been celebrating, elevating and recognizing the older, the unsung, the unglamorous woman in surroundings which she would never have actually been included.
Recently, in response to issues of both national and global concern, specifically environmental, I have turned to using found materials in layered mixed media collage/assemblage.

All images and text copyright Susan Handwerker