Susan Fortin Stokes
“My treasures do not clink together nor glitter, they gleam in the sun and neigh in the night.” (acknowledgment TCS)
Susan earned her Art Education degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
She taught Art in Connecticut and in Williston, Waitsfield, and Randolph Vermont until moving to Tucson nineteen years ago. There she taught cone 5 hand-building and mosaic tile making classes at Lew Sorensen Community Center for the Tanque Verde School District Community Outreach Program . She was on the board of the Southern AZ Clay Artists and showed at Tucson Museum of Art Holiday Art Market, Tohono Chul Desert Museum show, Harlow Gardens/Bubany show and the Feminine Mystique Gallery in Tubac, AZ. She was fortunate to be able to spend summers in Alburgh on the lake. While in Vermont, she was on the Board of the Champlain Islands Artists Organization and exhibited her clay art at their July shows for 11 years until the organization disbanded in 2019. In May of 2018, she relocated back to Colchester, Vermont on a full-time basis. She continues to work in Cone 5 clay.
Susan's love and respect of nature in many forms and themes, and the challenging yet relaxing medium of clay are reflected in her artwork. Texture, carving/incising, colorful glazes and oxides are important elements of her detailed clay creations. She also uses a variety of beads, colored glass, shells, and wire as embellishments for her whimsical wall hangings, mosaics, totems, and sculptures.