Susan Beiner's ceramic sculpture work is described by the New York Times as "like an unfolding porcelain garden. Curling leaves reach out like fleshy tongues. Spiky blossoms explode from barnacle-like buds. Everywhere, petals, stamens and other floral forms, along with sporadic ceramic screws and bolts, shoot up from the work’s depths like grasping fingers and screaming mouths." Her functional mugs, cups, and bowls, while not quite as life-like, are expressly unique to the artists' sensibilities. Beiner's mastery of craft is evident in the "layers of encrusted form and color."
Susan Beiner Received her MFA from The University of Michigan, and BFA from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Currently, she teaches at Arizona State University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has received several awards and residencies. Susan's ceramic work has been exhibited at The Mint Museum of Craft and Design; NC, Magnelli Museum, France, Princessehof Keramiekmuseum; Netherlands, Wustum Museum of Fine Art; WI , San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; CA, as well as numerous galleries and universities around the country. Most recently Beiner was a visiting artist at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, where she taught and lectured on ceramic art as well as worked on producing her artwork. In addition, she was an artist in residence at the International Ceramics Studio, Hungary (2013), Experimental Pottery Workshop, China (2011 & 2008), the European Ceramics Workcentre, Netherlands (2007), The Clay Studio, PA (2005-6), the International Ceramic Center, Denmark (2003), The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (2002 and 2004), Kohler Co., Arts/Industry program (1997). Beiner has been published in several books including; Contemporary Ceramics, Emmanuel Cooper, Masters of Porcelain, Richard Burkett, Sexpots, by Paul Mathieu and Color and Fire; Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000 by Jo Lauria to name a few.
Her work is included in The Long Beach Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, Yixing Ceramics Museum, China as well as other permanent and private collections.
---New York Times