My work is pit fired ceramic. Pit firing, one of the most primitive of firing methods, requires surrender of control over results. I surrender my artwork and control to fire and trust in what will emerge. This process is dependent on trust and faith. Just as one day can be more beautiful than the next, I am given differing blessings from the pit. A few are more amazing than others. As we can trust in the light returning on a daily basis, I have come to trust the powerful pieces emerging from the flames. I am drawn to the mystery and magic of the ancient and try to evoke similar responses in my art. The Hebrew words for faith, emunah and art, omanut come from the same root. My pieces represent the constant struggle to find the light amidst the darkness and chaos of our lives.
You can watch interviews from my Bay Area ArtBeat show on my YouTube channel.
I have a three part piece in the annual art show in Berkeley City Hall, the show will continue through June 2021. It’s on the third floor, as soon as you exit the elevator, on the wall to the left. It’s beautifully hung, if you have a chance, stop by and see it.
"Susan Felix is able to convey her deep understanding of Jewish Ritual through superb craftsmanship…for the creation of ceramics of great beauty."
~ Peter Selz, curator of Museum of Modern Art in NYC, founding director of Berkeley Art Museum, who chose Susan for a retrospective at the GTU Gallery in Berkeley, CA.