Susan Springer Rio Amistad Mosaic
ceramic sculpture, art tile, public art
Sue Springer has been drawn to the ceramic arts, including tile, sculpture and pottery since the early 1970’s. Beginning with thrown pottery, she has “progressed to sculpture, public commissions, murals, mosaics and custom handmade tile”. After studying in Portland, she moved to Mississippi and established Beechtree Pottery, a working studio and gallery. Through the 1970’s she participated in the craft fair circuit in the Southeastern US.
Susan Springer: Ruby Eyebrow Raku Mask
After moving to the mountains of Illahe, Oregon, she continued her ceramic work, began tilemaking and taught ceramic classes at SWOCC for several years. She began a course of Graduate study at the University of Oregon, completing a MFA in 1984. As a thesis project for her Masters degree, she completed a public art commission for the City of Springfield, Oregon. This ceramic relief mural is located in the Springfield City Hall and titled, “Between the Rivers”
Illahe Tileworks began with a desire to design and produce custom tiles for installations and sculptural murals for public, as well as, private commissions. With the assistance of the artisans at Illahe she has create original works for clients across the US. She have completed numerous installations, donor recognition, private and public commissioned projects including “Rio Amistad” the mosaic placed at the Calle Guanajuato Overlook in Lithia Park in Ashland.
Opening the Gallery and Design Studio on “A” Street allows the Illahe staff to meet with clients and create custom work for visitors and residents of the Rogue Valley. By collaboration with the Tileworks, we work directly with clients to create custom tile murals and ceramic art as well as custom glazes and designs.
Susan Springer: Rotation Violetta
In July 2008, Illahe Studios and Gallery expanded to it’s current home in the recently restored Bundini building. This move into a much larger space will allow Springer to integrate her ceramic studio with the gallery, resulting in a working studio where visitors can view her work in progress