"Out of the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Susan Hall"

"Out of the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Susan Hall"


Susan Hall has exhibited her work in the United States and abroad for the last fifty years. She has had solo shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her artistic vision and experience are represented in three books: Painting Point Reyes (2002) captures, in the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, the land, sea and sky of remembered experience; Home Before Dark (2005) celebrates the daylight and moonlight as they affect the sensuous richness in nature; and River Flowing Home (2010), a creative biography, is the story of her life as an artist.

Out of the Fire: The Ceramic Art of Susan Hall features Hall in conversation with Douglas Cruickshank, and is an exploration of Hall’s adventures with ceramics. Hall’s ceramics feature dozens of subjects, from mice to sheep to persimmons to dogs. Her plates featuring mice and their love of cheese have been sold through Tomales Bay Foods/ Cowgirl Creamery for over 20 years.

This book captures Susan’s relationship to and lifelong love of West Marin, and the special attributes it has. She states, “It [my art] is an homage in the sense that I experienced a rich human community embedded in a soulful landscape [in West Marin]. The ceramics are an expression of devotion and loyalty to that environment. Landscape and community intertwine with my own life’s journey, a theme I repeat often in my artwork. When you look at all my work, there are significant recurring themes about journeys.”

The author, Douglas Cruickshank, has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. His first book, Somehow: Living on Uganda Time, received rave reviews in the Chicago Tribune and numerous other papers. It was named 2014 Photography Book of the Year by the Peace Corps Writers Association. His second book, The Glass Cake, an anthology of travel essays and profiles of artists and writers, was released in early 2018. Cruickshank has been an editor/writer at Salon, Web Editor for Edutopia, and the website of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

“Susan Hall’s life as an artist is as soulful and imaginative and full of beauty and joy as her work. It’s wonderfully inspiring to spend time in these pages.”--Elizabeth McKenzie, award-winning author of The Portable Veblen

12 1/4” x 10 1/2” x 1”

270 pages, over 220 color plates

Written by Douglas Cruickshank

Published by Green Bridge Press, 2018.

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