Sue Springer’s ceramic sculptures reflect thoughts, experiences and particularly issues of the day. Often, they come together in a series with a specific thread. In the series “Taking a Knee” she honors the universal gesture of peace and justice, including references to overdue calls for racial equality and the replacement of racist monuments.
Springer creates quirky high fired ceramic sculptures from rolled slabs and textured forms. The sculptures, which are mostly figurative, celebrate color, whimsy and the freedom of unexpected combinations. Dreams, imagination and wonder combine with a response to the current world to tell the stories of these figures. The figures might contain references to protection of the earth, as in “Holding the Earth” a sculpture with the world in the palm of his/her hand.
She has said “I never know quite how the sculptures will evolve, bits and pieces, letters and beads, handmade books, poems, drawings and odd spools of thread.”
Springer received an MFA from the University of Oregon in 1986 and continues to explore ceramic art through tilemaking, mosaic, public art and sculpture. Expanding the form and surface, creating unexpected combinations of edge, form and texture, continue to intrigue her as she works in her studio in Pioneer Square.