Susan Bergman
(@susanbergmanceramicsculpture)

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Ceramic sculpture and functional ware made in New Orleans

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Today I am masquerading as a production potter, a charade that fools no one. But with luck, a few bowls will make their way to the Empty Bowls shindig at Natchez Pottery, in beautiful Natchez, MS, this February 17. Any of you local potters want to contribute? Get in touch, and I’ll be sure your bowls make it there too. @natchezpottery . . . #natchezpottery #natchezstewpot #natchezpotterystudios #emptybowls #emptybowlsproject #natchezmississippi #bowlsbowlsbowls #productionpotteryiscrazy #productionpotterybeastmodechallenge #endhunger #endhungerhere #endhungernow #clayistheway #porcelainslip #warthoglove

Most species of carnivorous plant shy away from prey with a backbone. Not so The Sinister Princess (Nepenthes princeps). Disguised as a knock-off Art Nouveau vase, she lures tiny birds with her honeyed elixir, sending them into a blissful dream. . Eventually, she spits out the bones. . . . #scary😱 #creepypottery #palaceintrigue #savagegarden #nepenthesjungle #nepenthes #carnivorousplants #sinisterprincess #fairytales #scaryfairytale #putafloweronit #artnouveaustyle #artnouveaulovers #artnouveauceramics #bigasspottery #handbuiltpottery #ceramicflowers #ceramicflowersneverdie #spectrumglazes #porcelainslip #shessopretty #shessoprettytho #functionalpottery #potteryvideos #potteryvideo #functionalpotterywithflair #nolaart #nolaclay

“You mean none of it was true? The thing with the flamingo in Key West, the blue heron heist in North Carolina, the great narwhal escapade—the damn Sardine Mafia—!! That was all made up??” . “Sorry. I couldn’t take another story about Earle’s anchovy fetish.” . . . #emperorpenguins #talltales #damndude #disillusioned #tinyboxes #tinybox #tinylicious #penguinsarethebest #penguinsofinstagram #crown #functionalpotterywithflair #handmadeceramics #ceramicboxes #birdsculpture #animalsculpture #contemporaryceramics #keramik #putacrownonit #porcelainslip #coloredslip #nolaart #nolaclay #quittingtime🍷

“Keep working,” she purred. “You must complete me.” As if in a fever dream, my fingers pinched and curved, doing her bidding amidst visions of rapiers, velvet cloaks, invisible ink, poisonous lockets, ropes of pearls. And still she hissed: “Faster, you leprous jade! Faster!” And then she swallowed my pointy wooden tool. . . . . #workinprogress #treacherousduchess #savagegarden #carnivorousplants #courtintrigue #palaceintrigue #treachery #dangerousliaisons #shescaresme #coilbuiltceramics #handbuiltpottery #bigasspottery #functionalpotterywithflair #vase #bigvase #interiordecor #interiordecorating #scary😱 #artnouveaustyle #putafloweronit #clayistheway #nolaart #nolaclay

It’s odd. Always when I have an idea for a piece, I see it in my head—fully formed as if it’s already complete. And simultaneously the engineering and each step down to glazing (and usually as far as repairing when the finished work is broken) clatter and whir into place before I even touch clay. Not this time. The Treacherous Duchess is toying with me. What will she demand tomorrow?? . . . . #workinprogress #imstumped #coilbuiltceramics #handbuiltceramics #artnouveau #artnouveaustyle #treacherousduchess #interiordecor #bigasspottery #whatnow #nowwhat #feedmeseymour #carnivorousplants #functionalpotterywithflair #coilbuilding #savagegarden ##donttrusther #clayistheway #makeitupasyougo ##nolaart #nolaclay

I used to huddle in a tiny alcove behind the water heater, knees tucked up, reading fairy tales and stories from books discarded by my grammar school. I taped drawings on the plywood wall and tucked little treasures onto a makeshift shelf. I have more room these days, but I still find that wonder and imagination bloom in small spaces. . . . . . #workinprogress #glazingday #reading #readreadread #childrenslibrary #bookends #rabbitreads #readerrabbit #rhinoreads #ceramicsculpture #librarylife #readabook #animalsculpture #rabbitsculpture #rhinosarecool #rhinosarebeautiful #japanesepotteryequipment #underglazetransfers #sanbaostudio #coloredslip #handbuiltceramics #interiordecor #childsroomdecor #animalsculpture #imaginaryworld #imaginarycreatures #nolaart #nolaclay

Lest y’all think I labor in isolation, separated from the outside world in some kind of artistic cloister, I present to you the students of my Tuesday class and their work in progress. Thank you, beautiful students! You make me think hard and giggle while you remind me just how creative and imaginative every one of us can be. . . . . #clayclass #clayislife #workinprogress #handbuiltceramics #lovemypeeps #lovemystudents❤️ #tuesdaysarethebest #contemporaryceramics #studioflow #makerspace #creativelifehappylife #nolaart #nolaclay #quittingtime🍷