Susan Small is a ceramic artist with a specialty in ceramic sculpture, tiles, and murals. Over the last 13 years she has experimented with all manner of clay work and in the past few years has concentrated on wall and tile pieces emphasizing texture and relief. She has been the artist-in-residence on numerous community public art projects for organizations and schools in the Lehigh Valley, Reading and western New Jersey. In addition she has completed two independent public projects: the ceramic/mixed media sculpture, Joyful Experience, at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA and the The Willson Mural at the entrance to the Willson History Exhibit at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA.
While working 20 years as a Registered Nurse, Susan took adult education classes in ceramics and fell in love with clay. In 1995 she returned to college at Lehigh University, and majored in Studio Art. On graduating in 1999 she became a resident studio artist at the Banana Factory (1999- 2005) and then at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading PA (2005-2010). While an artist at both art facilities Susan had a rich experience as a studio artist, teacher of ceramics to both adults and children and as a participant in art projects and events in both communities. Susan is now in the process of setting up a clay studio in her north Bethlehem home and is looking forward to many more years of creating with clay here in Bethlehem.