Susannah Israel



2000   Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1987   Baccalaureate in Art & Chemistry, cum laude, San Francisco State University

2007    Inferno Gallery, Oakland, CA.  “Fearless”
2006    Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, California. "Susannah Israel"
2005    Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, San Pablo.  "a confluence of voices"
2004    Merritt College, Oakland, California,  "Material Concerns"
2003    Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College,  “Before, During & After Archie Bray”
2002     Bakersfield Museum of Art,  “Oil & Cotton:  A Season in Bakersfield”
2000     San Francisco State University Gallery, SF CA,  “Permanent Record”
1998     Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California  “ More Big Stories”
1997     Sol Ceramica Gallery,  Sacramento, California "Big Stories”, large-format sculpture
1996     City of Oakland Public Art Program, Windows at 5000 Telegraph Avenue
            East Bay MUD Art Gallery, Oakland, CA    Works on paper
1995    June Steingart Gallery, Laney College, Oakland, CA, "The Retired Fortuneteller"
1994     California State University @ Bakersfield, CA   “’Allegory: to speak  publicly’”
1993     Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California   "Susannah Israel: New Work"
1992     One Marathon Plaza, San Francisco, California    “Clay Bodies” 

2007    Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV.  “Visiting Artists Exhibition”
            Pence Gallery, Davis, California.  “Susannah Israel & Daphne Gillen”
            Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO. “Artrageous”
            Lincoln Arts Gallery, Lincoln, California. “Invitational 20th Annual Feats of Clay Artists”
            Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California.  “30 Ceramic Sculptors”
2006    Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Martinez. art passages
            Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri. Art Blast 2006
            Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana.  Archie Bray Artists
             Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, California.  30 Ceramic Sculptors
2005     Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Narratives in Clay
2005 Pence Gallery, Davis, California.  Two for Tea
The Artery, Davis, CA. California Clay Competition
Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, CA.  Feats of Clay XVIII
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri.  Animated Earth: The Many Permutations of Clay.
2004     Laney College, Steingart Gallery, Oakland CA, Faculty Art Exhibition
Inferno Gallery, Oakland, California, "Bush Out!"
Eddie Rhodes Gallery, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA "The Animal Experience"
2003     Fort Mason Museum, San Francisco, California.  Annual Showcase Exhibition
New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley CA  “Focus on the Figure”
San Joaquin Potters, Stockton, California,  Visions in Clay
Sierra College, Nevada County, Gillian Hodges Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
2002     Virginia Groot Foundation, Chicago, Illinois: Visual Perspectives
Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana  Resident Artists 2002
            Fort Mason Museum, San Francisco, California.  Annual Showcase Exhibition
Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Contemporary Ceramics
2001     Lincoln Arts & Culture, Lincoln, California, “Clay Art” invitational
Museum of Craft & Folk Art,  San Francisco, “Annual Showcase Exhibition”
New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA  “Bay Area and Beyond”

2000     Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, “American Ceramics Collection”,
             Yingko Museum of Art, Taiwan, “6th  Annual Golden Ceramics Award”
Alice Arts Center, Oakland Cultural Arts Program,   3-person show
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln California, “Feats of Clay XIII”
1999     Richmond Art Center,  Richmond CA  “Selections: Ceramics”,   2-person show
Shepparton, Australia “Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award”,
            Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, California   “Hot Tea”
1998     El Camino Real Gallery, Sacramento, California     “New Space New Work
             Center for Visual Art, Oakland, CA     2-person show 
             Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, Stilwell Annual Exhibition
             Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California, "Alpha to Omega"
1997     Pacific Rim Sculptors, San Francisco  “Twelve by Twelve”
             Madigan Gallery, CSU Bakersfield, CA “Narrative Figures in Clay”, 4-person show
             Auckland Museum, New Zealand  “21st Annual Fletcher Challenge”
            Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California    “Figuratively Speaking”
1996     Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles ,CA   “response/inquiry/disclosure” 3-person show
Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA   “I know why the caged bird sings
Kennedy Center for the Arts, Florence, Alabama   “1996 Monarch National”
1995     South of Market Cultural Center, San Francisco  "Urban Visions: Bay Area Muralists”
            Museum of the University, Memphis, Tennessee    “Clay Does It All” 
            Peach Pit Fine Arts, Sacramento, CA        “Annual Bronze Invitational"
1994     Museum of Contemporary Crafts, San Francisco    “Made in California”
            Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield, CA   “Realizations: Public Art Projects”
            Maveety Gallery, Salishan, Oregon   “Susannah Israel & Lisa Rakonnen”
1993     Museum of Ceramic Art, Faenza, Italy    “48th International Competition”
            Auckland Museum, New Zealand, “17th Annual Fletcher Challenge”
1992     Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA       “Matrix International 1992"
Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California      “Feats of Clay V”
1991    Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas  “7th National Ceramic Competition”
            Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California      “Feats of Clay IV”

2007     "Repose". Estuary Sculpture Park, Oakland, California
2006     "Dos Rios"  Mission Clay Products, Corona, California
"Anima". Leslie Ceramics, Berkeley, California

2004     Made in Kansas.  Mission Clay Products, Pittsburg, Kansas 
            "River Child", 45th Ave Pocket Park, Oakland, California
2003     "House Plans" woodfired figure sculpture. Madison Public Library, Wisconsin
2002     “High Tea at the Bray”  Three life-size clay figures with dog, kitten, sparrows, chickens
and a gopher enjoy a tea party. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
2000     “Word”  installed at the American Poetry Archives, San Francisco State University
1999     “Indra’s Net”  high relief carving, industrial raw clay pipe, 6 ft x 3 ft, at the 4th annual 
Lincoln Arts Clayfest,  Lincoln, California
1998     “carnival!”  carved industrial clay pipe at the 3rd annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest.   video
1997     “Life Boat”, carved industrial clay pipe at 2nd annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest. video
1996     Peacebuilders mural, 16 ft x 68 ft at the Ocotillo School in Tucson, Arizona.
            “Dos Rios” and “Clayfest Stomp” completed at the 1st annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest.
1995     “Buhay natin/Our lives” mural at Serramonte del Rey High School, Daly City
1994     “’Allegory: to speak publicly’”, life-sized group of five figures,  California State
              University at Bakersfield, California


2006     Arts Commission of Contra Costa County Award
2005    Juror's Award, California Clay Competition, the Artery, Davis, California
            Purchase Award, Feats of Clay XVIII, Lincoln Arts, Lincoln, California
2004     Award of Excellence, Arts on Fire , Alameda Arts Center, Alameda, California
2003     Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California
             Gillian Hodges Sculpture Award, Sierra College, Nevada County Campus, CA 
2002     NCECA Resident Scholarship Award, Archie Bray Foundation, Helen, Montana
2000     2nd Place & Purchase Awards, Feats of Clay XIII,  Lincoln Arts Center, CA
            “California Clay Competition” Juror’s Award, Davis, California
1999     First Annual Ernie Kim Award in Ceramics, Richmond Art Center
1998     Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award, SF State University
1997     Vivika Heino Award in Ceramic Art, Ventura, California 1995          
             Double Award of Merit, “Feats of Clay VIII”, Lincoln Arts
1994     Virginia Groot Foundation Award,  Evanston, Illinois
1993     Premier Award, “17th Annual Fletcher Challenge”  Auckland, New Zealand
1991     Bronze Casting Award, International Sculpture Center, Washington, DC

2004     Mission Clay, Pittsburg, Kansas factory site.
2002     Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana.
1996-2000   Featured artist, annual Lincoln Arts Clayfest, Lincoln, California
1996       Ocotillo School, Tucson, Arizona:  Artist-in-Residence for Peacebuilders Mural.
1994       7th Annual Sculptor on Campus,  Fine Arts Department,  CSU Bakersfield  

        Artist-in-Residence, Doelger Art Center, City of Daly City, California

2005     "Working Big: Sculpting Industrial Clay Pipe." online article, Ceramics Today
2002    “In Pursuit of Beauty”, article, Studio Potter
2001     “Woodstoke 2000”, article, Ceramics Technical, Issue 12

2007    Ceramics Monthly, October; "Susannah Israel: Fearless"

       Clay Times, "17th Annual CCACA, Davis, CA"

            Ceramics Monthly, November, “Firings” exhibition review
2005    The Advocate, San Pablo, Contra Costa College, "Moody Masterpieces"
2004    500 Ceramic Figures, Lark Books, Charlotte, North Carolina
2003    Art in America, April issue; “Voyage” selected for
2002     “Visual Perspectives” catalog essay by Margaret Carney, Virginia Groot Foundation
2001     Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire, 1/11/01, “Visiting Artist”.
2000     Ceramics Monthly, February issue: “Richmond Art Center Ceramics Award”
1999     Ceramics Monthly, March issue : “Up Front: Susannah Israel”
1998     The Ceramics Design Book, Lark Books, Charlotte, North Carolina
1997     The Best of New Ceramic Art, The Guild, Massachusetts
            Ceramics Monthly, October issue “21st Fletcher Challenge Award”, Giles Reid
1996     Lincoln Messenger, “Feats of Clay Sculptor”, May
1994     Ceramics Monthly, January issue  “17th Fletcher Challenge Award”, Peter Lange


Adjunct Professor of Art, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, California
Peralta Colleges, Oakland, California

     Susannah Israel: Visiting Artist; Mendocino College, Healdsburg, CA

          Visiting Artist Workshop, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
2007   Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. “The Peaceable Kingdom” workshop
           Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe, NV. Visiting Artist Summer Workshop
           Visiting Artist, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA
2006   Artist Talk, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
           Exhibiting Artist Demonstration, CCACA, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
2005   Curator, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. "The Shape of Things: a Gathering of Sculpture."
2004   Faculty Curator, Contra Costa College juried show, "The Animal Experience"
2002   "Susannah Israel & Marilyn Levine", Penryn Workshops, CA 
            Artist Lecture, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana
2001    Studio One Arts Center, City of Oakland, CA,  The Human Figure in Clay
            San Mateo Cultural Arts, San Mateo, California
            "Building Large Sculptures with Susannah Israel", Lincoln, California
2000    Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA   “A Show of Hands”; winter session workshop,
in conjunction with the First Ernie Kim Annual Award.
1999    Guest Curator, Lincoln Arts Center, Lincoln, CA,  "Close Readings"
1995    Curator, Doelger Art Center, Daly City, CA,  "Resident Artists at Work"

American Poetry Center, San Francisco, California  “Word”
Auckland Museum, Fletcher Challenge Premier Award Winners, Auckland, New Zealand
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
Clos du Bois, Napa, California
Leslie Ceramics, Berkeley, CA  “Anima”
Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation, Lincoln, California
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, American Ceramics Collection
Mission Clay Products, Pittsburg, Kansas,  "Made in Kansas"

artist statement

The visual parade of urban life is a potent source of inspiration for my art work.   Crisp and vivid or fleeting and fugitive, a constant montage of images provides me with rich source materials while at work in the studio.

My approach to my materials, whether clay or paint, is a rash combination of practiced skill and reckless disregard for established conventions. I willingly sacrifice lifelike anatomy to questions of composition and gesture. I use both high and low-fire clays. I am also a confirmed alchemist, always testing new glaze formulas for the perfect surface.

My artistic practice is a fusion of planning, process, and discovery.  I begin with a series of drawings to develop a concept; I make notes about clay color, texture and finishes; when working directly with the material, I am alert to its expressive possibilities.  I want my work to convey a sense of this journey from perception to realization.