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Susan Stark-Johnson

Susan Stark-Johnson

Profile Location
Des Moines , IA

Susan Stark-Johnson was born and raised in Arizona. After college, she taught Junior High Ceramics and Theatre in Mesa, Arizona and obtained her 300 hour Yoga teacher certification from the Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts.  In 2009 she moved to Nebraska to be a ceramics resident at the LUX Center for the Arts. She spent two years as an artist-in-residence at the LUX before moving to Colorado for a year where she continued her studio practice out of the Northern Colorado Potter’s Guild. In 2012 she returned to Nebraska to serve as the gallery director for the LUX Center for the Arts until 2014, at which time she decided to focus her attention once more upon her art.

Artist Statement

I am interested in creating beautiful objects for people to use in their everyday lives.   I am personally intrigued by Islamic art, Indian textiles, and the sublime beauty of nature and find inspiration in these for my surface decoration. 

I am fascinated by techniques that allow me to pair bare clay with glazed clay.  I seek these results by creating raised designs with intaglio cut pressed slabs and/or by masking the clay with wax resist.  A passion for clay itself drives me to incorporate its raw beauty into my highly decorative surface designs, and  I am additionally delighted by the tactile experience that the texture of the exposed clay conveys while the piece is in use. 

My forms are functional, because my work is completed when it brings a sense of the sacred and fosters an experience of beauty and transcendence in its use.



Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

Jim Aden
Liana Agnew
Joel Anderson
Mark Arnold
Michael Ashley
Posey Bacopoulos
Shawn Teseo Ballarin
Green Bee
Jessica Brandl
Wes Brown
Matt Bukrey
Larry Buller
Donna Burdic
Anne Burton
Elaine Buss
Jen Carlson
Neil Celani
Austin Coudriet
Drew Curtright
Lindsey Day
Amanda Durig
Adrienne Eliades
Paul Eshelman
Katelyn Farneth
Lynette Fast
Anna Gadek
PJ Hargraves
Mark Hargraves
Sarah Jentsch
Kyle Johns
G.V. Kelley
Josh Knutson
Mary Koziol
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Lynn Latta
Clay Leonard
Sam Loeffler
Carol Long
Anika Major
Susan McGilvrey
Tom Meyers
Catie Miller
Katie Nieland
Kyle Nobles
Samantha Oliver
Sarah Olsen
Cathy Patterson
Christy Puetz
Brittany Rea
Sarah Rowe
Sophia Ruppert
Erin Ryan
Agnes Seebass
Sarah Shoot
José Sierra
Sarah Smelser
Shannon Smith
Maria Spiess
Susan Stark-Johnson
Evan Stoler
Patty Talbert
Harry Tompkin
Tara Tonsor
April White
Tara Dawley
11/6/20 to 12/30/20
Multiple Mediums
Luke Huling
Nathan Murray
Amanda Durig
Anne Burton
Arjan Zazueta
Bartholomew Lynch
Bill Shaffer
Bri Murphy
Brett Anderson
Brian Kluge
Chris Rudasill
Cody Weber
Drew Lueders
Dandee Pattee
Elise Loomis
Erica Green
Gerit Grimm
G.V. Kelley
Heather Jo Davis
Jason Piccoli
Jen Graham
Jenni Brant
Jon Love
Jordan Buschur
Kari Radasch
Kate Running
Katelyn Farneth
Katie Taylor Frisch
Kristen Martincic
Kristin Powers Nowlin
Liana Owad
Lindsey Day
Lori Tatreau
Maria Spiess
Matt Bukrey
Matthew Dercole
McKenzie Phelps
Michael Ian Larsen
Naomi Mostkoff
Neil Celani
Nora Rolf
Owen Buffington
PJ Hargraves
Roxanne Jackson
Sarah Logan
Sara Truman
Stephanie Leach Vendetti
Susan Stark-Johnson
Taylor Woolwine
Tracy Shell
Trudie Teijink
3/4/22 to 5/27/22
Multiple Mediums

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