Susie Leigh Rogers


Susie Leigh Rogers

What inspires your art practice?
In contrast to the industrial expediency which demands a given piece passing through many hands on the passage to completion, “ONE HAND ONE MIND” is an essential axiom of the Studio Potter. As the phrase implies a single individual controls every process in the production of each piece including clay preparation, formation, decoration, glazing and the final firing.

What materials do you work in?
Works are composed of local materials, varying clay blends, mainly comprising terracotta and stoneware and accordingly exemplify an indigenous quality earning them a representative place in contemporary New Zealand national culture.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
I began working in clay as a medium in sculpture and potting 30 years ago, becoming a master of the hand built, coiled method, preferring to work on a large scale. I derive inspiration for these sculpture subjects from the mythologies and cultures of antiquity, fertility and growth.
Putting aside my passion for antiquity, I am fascinated by creating such large pieces made of wood fired clay, with gongs that hang in trees or houses.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Whangarei District Council collection- in their Bush Court and Botanica; Quarry Art Centre Whangarei; Quarry Cooperative; Waipu Old Fire Station Gallery.

I can be seen in my studio, the Greendoor Pottery at home in Maungakaramea by appointment.

Where did you study?
Self-taught with mentors such as Yvonne Rust, Barry Brickell, John Green and others.

Sculptures by Susie Leigh Rogers

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