There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington's work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles and fashion. She comes from a family of artists and at 5 years old she was tutored in the art of origami and sumi ink drawing by her Japanese Godmother. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then went to work in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years.
Susan is a native New Yorker who lives and works in the Poconos. She shares studio space with her artist husband, Stephen. Susan's work has been exhibited internationally, with representation through the Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles, Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago and Susan Calloway Fine Art in Washington, DC.
Claudia & Harry Washington is a furniture and space design studio founded by Salvadoran couple Claudia Vasquez Washington and Harry Washington. Their creative process is grounded in their own philosophy that design is meant to connect people to their own human nature and to the essence that makes them authentically happy. www.chwashington.com.
about Mt. Washington Pottery:
Beth Katz is the creative force behind Mt. Washington Pottery, a beautiful collection of functional and decorative ceramics.
Beth makes all the work by hand and on the potter's wheel in her Los Angeles, California studio. Her work has an elegant simplicity, which marries the wabi-sabi aesthetic of traditional Japanese ceramics and the modernism of Scandinavian design. These elements are clearly visible in the fluidity of her forms and in the literal mark she leaves of her own hand: the remnant of her fingerprints at the bottom of each piece.
about Beth Katz:
I grew up in the 1970's hippie enclave of Topanga Canyon in Southern California, where I learned the art of pottery. Not realizing ceramics could be more than a hobby I continued my studies in art thinking they could lead to a career as a painter or textile designer, like many of my relatives, or I would follow in the steps of my father and become a clothing designer.
After many years and two long careers, one as a makeup artist in the advertising world and the other as a Creative Director at a top women's magazine, I decided to go to graduate school to study Spiritual Psychology, the best decision I ever made. Studying Psychology led me to the realization that it was time to make my lifelong hobby of creating pottery my primary focus.
The entire breadth of my experience continues to inspire me and influence my work each and every day. My taste and style are a reflection of the freedom of my childhood, the Southern California landscape, and the world of fashion and advertising. All the choices I have made in my life have led to this singular point in time, a time that serendipitously coincides with the resurgence of a new American Craft Movement, which I am blessed to be a part of.