Susanne FraserImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: P O Box 279, Alstonville, New South Wales 2477, Australia, . View in Google Maps
Telephone: +61(0)438307378
Email:
Web-site: www.earthlyvisions.com.au
Availability: Visitors welcome, but please telephone first.
Joined on: 2011-02-03
Last Updated: 2014-05-15

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

I live on a rural property just outside the small town of Alstonville   NSW, Australia, here I have a studio practice and indulge in a rural life style.  My love and appreciation of the horse is derived from an association of over 50 years as owner trainer and competitor in equestrian disciplines.  I have been associated with horses since I was four when my neighbor gave me my first pony.   A consuming passion for making ceramic horses developed while studying Ceramics at TAFE then Visual Arts at Southern Cross University in early 2000.  

 In 2005 I traveled to China with a friend as an artist in residence at the Sanbao Institute in Jingdezhen.  Here I became familiar with traditional Chinese Ceramics as well as figurines and horses from the Tang Dynasty period which lined the spirit paths to the many tombs.  The Tang period was a time when well bred horses were symbols of power and status, they were central to empire building.  Horses were celebrated in art and poetry during this golden age of changes in education, the arts and culture.

Taking history as a starting point my equine vessels and sculptures have multi-surface decorations and expressions that suggest layers of social and political meaning.   Layered glazes, such a magnesium crawl glaze, Cobalt oxide and barium based slips, are applied with broad strokes to enhance texture.  The surface cracks and crazing convey the difficult journeys of the horse and riders spirit from the past to the present. My work also references feminine connections with horses through the relationship of the shape of vessels/forms and their decorative elements. 

I enjoy combining tne the complexity of meanings inherent in Chinese plant and animal life with equine themes.  My ceramic art develops ideas of the symbolic significance of the horse in society and its influence on cultures.  It is an ongoing exploration using the expressive and plastic qualities of clay to explore personal interpretations of the many aspects of the human horse relationship.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Small electric kiln for bisque and decals. Gas Kiln for bisque & glazing. Woodfire Kiln. Stoneware, Porcelain and Earthenware clays and paperclay. 1300 oxidation, reduction and 1100 oxidation. 

Availability

Availability

Bare Bones Art Space Bangalow: www.barebonesartspace.com.au
Art Aspects Gallery Lismore:  www.artaspectsgallery.com.au 

See the catalogue for Sue Fraser's new show - The Dragon’s Back 

Education

Education

2008 - Bachelor Visual Arts – Southern Cross University Lismore
2003 - Diploma of Ceramics – TAFE Northern Rivers, Lismore
1986 - 1992 University of New England Armidale NSW, Units in Archeaology, History, Paleoanthropology and Aboriginal Studies.
1963 Intermediate Certificate Kyogle High School

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2010 - Spirited Horses Grafton Regional Gallery 7th July – Sunday 29th August 2010
2009 - Spring Carnival, Northern Rivers Community Gallery Ballina
2008 - Spirit of Yangzhou’s Horses, Wattling Galleries Southport
2005 - Impressions - Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2011 - Northern Style – Group Show -,Ceramics, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, 2nd December 2011. – 30th  January 2012
2011 - Artisans in the Garden, Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney, 8th Oct – 16th Oct.
2010 - Border Art Prize Exhibition, Tweed River Art Gallery 3 December 2010 - 23 January 2011.
2010 - SOFA Chicago  November  5-7.
2010 - Swallowing Clouds Northern Rivers Communities Gallery Ballina, September 4th – Oct 10th .
2010 - International Ceramic Artist Exhibition & Workshop Gangjin, South Korea August 7-20.
2009 - Post Cards  Alumni Exhibition, Next Gallery SCU, Lismore
2008 - Guardians of Empress Wu, Art & Culture Exhibition, Byron Bay 
FEHVA 48 hrs of Art Bangalow A&I Hall – 
FEHVA 48 hrs of Art Bangalow A&I Hall – 
Footprints – NEXT Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, Lismore  
Stanthorpe Art Prize Exhibition - Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Stanthorpe
2007 - Transition  Graduation Show Southern Cross University, Lismore
 Diversity Dialogues: - The Alleyway Gallery –Lismore
2004 - Regional Treasures – ‘Pamela’ Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore NSW 
 ‘Bowl’d & Beautiful’ –‘3 Colours Ash’- Ceramic Art Gallery, Paddington
2003 - Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show - 'Tree of Life'

Collections and Residency

Collections and Residency

Collections
Grafton Regional Gallery

Gangjin Celadon Porcelain Festival Museum, South Korea
Byron Shire Council, Byron Bay NSW
Various private collections 

Artist Residency 
2005 - Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China: www.chinaclayart.com
2009 - Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen China & research trip to Xian & Xining:  
www.potteryworkshop.org/jingdezhen/residencyprogram/ 

2010 International Ceramic Artist Exhibition & Workshop Gangjin, South Korea, (August 7-20)

Articles

Articles

2010 - Ceramics Today, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Editor.  (ISBN: 9780764334658), p.66.
2009 - Ceramic Art & Perception, Vol. 76 pp. 76-77.  ‘Guardians of Empress Wu’ written by Louise Fulton: www.ceramicart.com.au/
2009 - Craft Arts International Vol. 76 Portfolio p.118: www.craftarts.com.au/aboutus.asp

Awards

Awards

2001 - Thursday Plantation Sculpture Show – Student Art Prize ‘Rosa a horse drama’ 
2003 - Coraki 3D Art Prize   Coraki NSW 
2011 - Artfelt Art Prize  Exhibition 7th Sept – 10th Oct.,  Ballina Community Art Gallery; 3rd Prize
2011 - Woollam Waltzing Matild Outback Art Show 2011 2nd May - 24th June 2011 Outback Regional Gallery Winton  QLD; 1st  3D Outback Art Prize
2012 - Waves & Waterways Exhibition & Sale; Packing Room Prize Ballina  NSW
2012 - Byron Arts Classic; Council Acquisitive Prize  Byron Bay  NSW